The cold nation of Nalkin. A land ruled by ice and snow, where the people have adapted to bare with numerous snowstorms and rather frozen conditions. It is here that the International guild begins the creation of a new fortress, created to aid against the attacks from the nations rebel tribes. To aid in the effort, General Xú Tāo, hesitantly, asked for the assistance of Aether, with members of its branch of the guild and Alaric's own warriors taking part. Anyone who wanted to was allowed to join. The more help they could get, the shorter the amount of time they would have to stay in the cold.
Shinrai decided to take part in this endeavor, bringing the rest of team Shokan along with him. Having only recently created the team, he say the mission as a chance for them to build a sense of unity between them. Roshan was against going, the idea freezing in Nalkin's tundra not sounding too pleasant to her, though she was coerced by the promise of a favor from him later. Alicia thought that going would be a great way to build a good reputation for them within the nation. Alph simply agreed to getting to know them better though working together.
When the party arrived in Nalkin, after Gawain and Matteo's conversation with the General, they were given a number of task to complete, each helping to further the fortress's progress. Shinrai decided that he would choose which jobs they would do, the first of which being to obtain lumber from the forest at the foot of the mountain. When the party arrived at the base of the mountain, they looked around to see that there were a few other Pokemon already at work. Roshan saw this as a perfect time to leave, and began turning towards the other direction. Shinrai grabbed her by the back of her parka.
"Where do you think you're going?" He said.
"There are other people doing this already bug." Roshan responded. "We don't need to waste our time doing it."
"There is a reason I chose to do this task. You need only do what we are told to do."
Roshan groaned as Alph patted her on her shoulder, attempting to console her.
Alicia rubbed her head in confusion. "So how do we cut down the trees?"
"We are collecting wood from dead trees." Shinrai responded. "They shouldn't take too much effort to cut down. Let me show you."
The Scizor looked around for the right tree to demonstrate on. He spied a few feet away. Before anyone could say anything, he lunged at the tree, unleashing a fierce X-Scissor on its base. When it was done, he knelt to the ground as the tree fell to the snow covered ground with a loud thud. He stood up, looking back to see the dead log, one end of which was carved into flat edged spike.
"Do you see?" He spoke. While Alicia and Alph looked at him with intrigue, Roshan scoffed at his actions.
"Well it's easy for you to say, we can't easily slice through tree trunks with our hands."
Alph sighed. "We should be careful. Taliriktug warned us about the Rebels that inhabit this forest."
"Hopefully..." Alicia grunted as she lifted one end of the log with her tails. "...We won't have to face any of them."
Shinrai pointed Alicia towards a small open section of the forest, before going off to cut down another tree. Roshan watched as Shinrai began cutting down trees, with Alicia dragging them towards the newly formed pile. Alph seemed to be watching the forest, keeping a look out for rebel tribesmen that could attack them. Seeing this, she wondered why Shinrai brought her here. She wasn't doing any thing of importance, seeing as she was not capable of cutting the trees on her own, and did not want to be there, so why?
Not wanting to wait she caught the Scizor after he finished downing another tree. He turned to look at her, confused as to what she wanted.
"Look Bug. I don't understand why I am here, in the freezing cold, when you have no reason for me to be here. So I'm going to go back now"
"Roshan," The mantis responded, catching her by the shoulder. "You are here to improve upon your skills."
The psychic looked at him, confused, before Alicia called the two of them over to her.
"Shinrai! Here's the last log."
"Good," He pointed to the pile she had made, which now had about seven piled together. "Place them with the others. Now Roshan, to show you what you will be doing." He walked her over the pile, Roshan still confused at what he was doing. "We have gathered enough logs to make up our share. So for now, we are going to have you practice your abilities. All I ask, is that you stack these logs together neatly using your Psychic."
So that was the reason she thought. He wanted to train her. Not that this made her her want to work any more than she did before, but at least she was stuck in the cold for a reason now. Plus, the thought of improving her psychic abilities did sound useful.
Roshan laughed. "Alright Bug, I can do that." She accepted the challenge with a smirk, cracking her knuckles. She walked forward, focused her mind on the pileof logs before her. Her eyes gave off a blue glow as it began rising from the ground slightly. Just as they started however, the logs returned to the ground just as quickly. Roshan groaned at this, looking back at Shinrai, who merely shot a blank stare at her.
"Give me a second." She asked. "I can't concentrate with you staring at me."
Shinrai gave her a nod in response, wanting to respect her wish, and turns to signal Alicia and Alph to follow him as he walked father into the forest. When she could see they were out of her range of sight, she tried once more to lift the pile, the same result befalling her efforts. Maybe she should just try lifting one she thought. When she focused on lifting one, she managed to lift it up rather high. Once it was in the air though, Her hold on it began to weaken, before it fell to the ground once more. She growled in anger, furiously raking her hands through her hair. Why couldn't she do this?
"You lack finesse."
The psychic turned around to see Alph, who seemed to come back to help her.
"For a psychic, you seem to apply pure force to your energy, which does not seem to work for you, as it becomes unstable." He spoke, Roshan not understanding what thebee was implying. "A strong wind can knock fruit to the ground, but it will cause it to spatter. A smaller wind can do the same, but with the fruit intact."
Though she did not fully understand his words, Roshan decided to try the fairy's method. She assumed what he meant was to put less effort into it. She attempted to lift the log again, this time not putting as much energy towards the effort. This time, she managed to maintain her hold on it, with slight shaking here and there. She slowly placed it back on the ground, a few feet away from the rest. Roshan was beaming from this result. She slowly continued the process with the rest of the lumber, with a few mistakes here and there. By the time Shinrai had returned, he was looking at a rather pleased Roshan leaning against the newly stacked logs.
The mantis gave a small chuckle at the display. "Well, well. I see you managed to complete your task"
"Was there any doubt? You did ask ME to do this after all." She responded standing up and dusting the snow off of her legs. She turned to face the logs, looking back to ask, "So how are we gonna get these to the fortress? I can't carry them all that far by myself. Nor do I want to."
"Alicia and I shall cut them into smaller pieces." Shinrai responded.
"That way," Alicia spoke. "All we need to do is make a few trips." The twin-tailed Pokemon clasped her hands together. "Alright, let's get st-"
The group turned to look at Alph, who held his eyes closed. He appeared to have sensed something.
"No one make any sudden moves," He whispered. "We are being watched, and I cannot tell if it is by friendly eyes."
The three stood still, frozen, looking around to see what Alph was talking about. Could it be the rebels that the general was talking about?
"Where are they?" Shinrai asked
"To our left. I cannot tell how many there are though"
"What do we do?" Alicia asked quietly.
"We aren't to confront them" Shinrai answered. "We need to leave. Now. Roshan, on my word, use your Double Team. We will have that cover our escape."
Roshan nodded in agreement, seeming more than willing to do so. Alicia and Alph followed suit. Shinrai slowly raised his claw into the air, looking around to see any sign of an attack. Roshan readied herself to preform the move while their allies prepared to dash off. In almost an instant, his claw dropped, signaling Roshan to create multiple copies of herself and send them in the direction Alph indicated. Shinrai and Roshan grabbed Alicia and Alph respectively and ran into the woods to avoid chase.
After about a minute of running, the group decides to stop and rest. Unfortunately, the snow began to come down harder, making the conditions too unsafe to travel through. Rather than continue on, they decided to form a campsite, using the surrounding snow to build an shelter capable of withstanding the snowstorm, and wait for the storm to die down. Shinrai looks out to see the snowfall and darkness, the few images visible being too blurry to make out.
"Hopeful we can make do here for now." He said, turning back to sit among them.
"After examining our previsions, we should have more than enough supplies for a few hours." Said Alph, as the Ribombee managed to get a small fire going for the group. Alicia and Roshan huddled around it, hoping to get some warmth amidst the freezing weather. Once sufficiently warm, the Kirlia decided to speak up.
"So Bug, what do we have in terms of food right now?" She asked. Shinrai had no answer, as he hadn't examined the bag of supplies they received before coming to this place. Fortunately, Alph had already prepared for it, handing each of them two small puffs that were a strange yellow green color.
"You should eat those." The Bee told them. "They should help you deal with the cold." He took one for himself and went to sit by the entrance of there little snow hut.
Roshan looked it the puff funny. "Wait... Is this made out of that pollen stuff you use? Gross. I'm not eating this."
"Can I have it then?." asked Alicia. Roshan shot her a look of wild confusion, noticing that she had already eaten both of hers and was now asking for more. "I don't know what Alph added to these things but they taste like Aspear berries.They're pretty good!"
Roshan looked at Shinrai, who had also eaten his and seemed to be in a meditative state, before looking at the ball once more. She could not figure out how one would eat it, so she simply broke off a small bit to try. Alicia was right. The sharp sour taste of Aspear berries was prevalent even in the small bit she partook of. This inticed Roshan's She proceeded to eat the rest of the puff rather quickly, enjoying it thoroughly. Just as she was about to partake of the second one, she heard something
"What is it?" The Ambipom asked her.
"Thought I heard somethin. It was probably just my head playin tricks on me."
The Psychic jumped, as she could now hear the noise more clearly. Could this another Pokemon using telepathy? "Ok... that is not a trick of my mind..." she spoke fearfully.
Shinrai was pulled from his state by his state by the commotion. "What is going on?"
"Roshan said she heard something." Alicia answered "Something in her head."
The psychic nodded at her answer. "It was weird. Someone was... talking to me. They sounded... hurt."
"Hm... so you've never heard a telepathic message before?" Roshan looked at Scizor, confused. "Many Pokemon are capable of speaking telepathically, or by sending signal to each others minds. It would appear whomever you are hearing is capable of this, though we may not be hearing it because it wasn't meant for us. You can hear them because you capable of this yourself, and they may be reaching only others with ability."
"Wait... I can do that? Ok, so what do I do?!"
"Oh! I know," Alicia spoke up. "While we were still near the fortress, there was this ghost Pokemon who claimed to be a rescuer, perhaps Roshan could try to call out to him."
"Well how do I do that? I AM new to this after all..."
"You simply think of a message in your mind, and send it out for all for all who are capable to hear."
Roshan looked nervously at them. "Well... I'll try." She closed her eyes and tried to focus on trying to send out a message. Her three partners watched, but could not tell if was working or not. Finally, her eyes shot open, to the surprise of her allies. "I think I did it. Somebody said that they were coming."
"Did they say anything else?" Alicia asked.
"He said we should stay where we are until he gets here."
Shinrai tilted his head down. "Alright. We will wait for them to get here and take care of it then."
"Wait... So we're just gonna sit here and do nothing?" The psychic questioned.
"If we rush out there without forming a plan first, a worse fate could befall us. When our "rescuer" arrives, we will be more capable of helping who ever is in danger." He rested his claw on her shoulder. "We WILL help them, I can assure you of that. We need only wait a moment.
The four sat down upon the snow, awaiting the arrival of this other Pokemon to assist them in helping the owner of the message. They all wondered what was happening to them. Could they be lost? Injured? Sick? All while they waited, the message seemed to linger in Roshan's head, a weak sounding "Help" popping up every few seconds. This made her feel restless. Why was she just sitting there when she could be helping? Why did she care? What made the sound all the more urgent to her than it was? Then it hit her. She listened more closely to the message as it repeated in her head and her eyes widened. It was a child.
"Enough of this!!!" She yelled before running out of their camp. As confused as she was as to why this had such an effect on her, the discovery of it being a child served as the final straw. She refused to wait any longer.
"Roshan, wait!" Shinrai called out to her, preparing to give chase before Alph stood in his way.
"Wait Shinrai!" he said.
"What are you doing?! I need to stop her before-"
"What good will running after her in the middle of this storm do? Even you can barely tell where you are going out there." Shinrai knew he was right, not that he cared, but he decided to listen to the bee. "Allow me to get her. The winds out here are wild, but I can still find my way through them. You and Alicia should stay to meet the one Roshan signaled and find us then. Do you trust me?"
The Scizor was hesitant at first, but he realized that there was not a better option at the moment. He gave him a nod in agreement with his idea. Alph nodded back before flying out in search of their Kirlia friend. Shinrai found it hard to stay calm knowing that his allies were facing the Nalkin weather, and he was told to stay behind. The thought made him grind his pincers together. Alicia examined him, a look of fear and worry in her eyes.
"Are you alright, Shinrai?" She asked.
The Scizor sighed, the sight of her gaze making him calm down. "It will be fine. We will wait here for now, and hope they find there way back." He said, turning back to return to his meditative state by the fire.
Roshan ran through the snow, frantically searching for the child. Unfortunately, due to her hastiness, the Kirlia had no idea where she was going. She stopped to see if she could find out where the message came from, to no avail, causing her to run her hands through her hair furiously. Realizing her mistake, she held her head low. She ran off, without any idea of where to go, and now she was essentially stranded amidst the snow. She stood there for a moment before she was met by a friendly face catching up to her.
"Roshan... are you alright?" asked Alph.
"Yeah, a little cold, but I'm alright."
"Well then... given we are out here already, have you found our Pokemon in distress?"
"I've been trying, but I can't see any trace of someone being here. If they have tracks, the snows coverin' em up pretty well."
"Well... I managed to use the wind currents to find you." The fairy shielded his eyes with his right arm. "These winds are so cold and wild that understanding them is somewhat difficult, though I think that along the way, I may have found them as well."
"I MAY have. There was a strange current blowing amidst the many winding winds. That could be it. Though if it is, we had better hurry. The current was quiet..."
Roshan did not what that meant, though given his tone, it could not be a good thing. The two of them ran father through the forest, Roshan following closely behind the Ribombee. Alph led them into the middle of a large clearing before stopping abruptly.
"This is the current's origin. Look around for anyone in the snow." He said.
Roshan looked around, seeing nothing but white all around, until she noticed a small dark spot in the snow a few feet away. "Hey, I see someone! Over there!"
They ran over to the dark spot to find a small Pokemon lying in the snow. Roshan picked her up. She was cold, but breathing, which made the Kirlia let out a sigh of relief. After which the, Pokemon seemed to open her eyes slightly, before closing them once more and slumping into her arms once more.
"Alright." Roshan said. "Lets get back to the others."