A Grotto Frozen in Time - Chapter 2
Snow was falling outside of the inn, once again making snow piles that poor Pokemon laborers had to shovel and cart away. It was still pretty early. The sun had just crept over the horizon, but the town already began to bustle. But for Kendra and her teammates, breakng dawn would not be their alarm to wake up
The four explorers were still laid up in bed. And all four of the poké-explorers were sore from yesterday's spelunking and battle. They all feel into a deep sleep from such exertions, and the snug blankets made sure their sleep was warm.
"Good morning, everybody," said Kendra, who was already up and walking.
"Shut up, will yah? I'm still trying to sleep," groaned Chopper.
"Morning, Kendra," said Jax, who began rolling out of his covers and stood in a sitting position. "And mind your manners, Chopper," he chastised.
"Good morning, Kendra darling," said Minx as she rolled out of bed with a smile. "And don't mind Chopper. That bum likes to over sleep."
"I heard that!" rebuked Chopper.
"Good. Then maybe you'll be more kinder to our newest teammate," said Minx.
Being called the newest member of the team made Kendra blush a bit - which was true, of course. But the Fox Pokemon took it as a sign of Acceptance.
"I heard Ms. Ophelia is making flapjacks for breakfast again," said Kendra serenely. "I think I'll try one with Sitrus Berry jam this time. Oh, or maybe-"
"Did you say Flapjacks?!" said a now peppy land shark.
Immediately, Chopper jumped out of both covers and bed in one motion. "Well, what're we waiting for? Let's eat!"
"Just halt for a moment," said Minx, sticking her leg out to cause Chopper to trip.
Chopper skidded across the floor until he slightly bumped his head on the wall - not enough to cause great pain, but enough to make someone really angry.
"Son of a gun," he said gruffly as he got up. He then turned to his teammates and angrily yelled. "Hey! That was uncalled for, yah know!!"
"Before we can chow," started Jax, "We need to contact Headmaster Julius to report our findings. Then after that we can pig out."
"All right then," grumbled Chopper. "But I want a ton of flapjacks after this."
"It's alright, Chopper," said Kendra. "After this Telecom, you can eat till you're fully stuffed," she said with a wide smile and cheery eyes.
Chopper smiled a bit at this. Kendra may be the newest member of the team, but she acts like she were a family mother.
"Well then," he said in an unusually calm voice. "let's not waste time on giving the Headmaster our report."
Kendra smild even further, causing Chopper to blush.
"In that case, let's get to the Telecoms at the inn foyer and send our report," said Jax. "Right now the Headmaster must be awake."
And so the four left their room and headed straight for the Telecommunicators - or Telecoms - at the inn's foyer. They were odd looking Machines, with a camera screen to look at the other person and talk, with one speaker that sent out the message from the Pokemom on the screen.
Jax inserted the amount of Pokemon Dollars needed to use it, and dialed the number.
A few moments later, the screen turned on to reveal a groggy Noctowl wearing glasses in a red robe.
"Ah, Jax!" said Headmaster Julius. "And Kendra, Minx and Chopper! Have you brought new about about the stones you recovered?"
"Actually, Headmaster, we kinda got more than we came for inside the caves of Frost Grotto," said Kendra.
"Oh? And why is that?"
"Because the damn stone tried to kill us," said Chopper. "That stone we discovered was a Spiritomb's stone. And we were attacked immediately after it showed it's ugly face."
"Oh my goodness!" said Julius in a shocked tone. "Were any of you hurt during the encounter?
"It's no surprise we got battered," said Minx. "But right when we thought we were done for, the townsfolk and miners of Kelsgrove came to our aid, and we defeated the Spiritomb."
"That is good to here," said Julius in a relieved tone. "Do you have a report for me?"
"Yes," said Jax. "I'm sending them to you right now through teleporter." He put the report in the device next to the Telecom and the reports, in a neat notebook,where then wished away into energy and sent to the receiver.
"I've received the report," replied Julius. And as soon as he read a few pages, the Noctowl was taken aback.
"Amazing!!!" uttered the Noctow. "So you found a tomb right where the stones were discovered? A tomb which belonged to a family called Alistra?"
"That's right, Headmaster Julius," replied Jax to the screen. "Though to be honest, we were lucky enough to leave with with our hides intact, what with the tomb being guarded by a powerful Spiritomb."
"So you told me," said the Headmaster. "It appears this mission has become quite dangerous, now. But I feel you four have the tactics and abilities to explore the tomb."
"You want us to go in!?" screeched Kendra. "What if we discover more undead Pokemon in there?"
"I understand your concern, Kendra, but it'll take weeks to send a proper research team as far as Kelsgrove. You four are the best we have over there."
The team looked at each other, with thoughts coming across their heads as to how to respond. They were lucky to have been saved by Ms.Ophelia and the Kelsgrove townfolk. But if they were to venture in there and encounter something as powerful as the defeated Spiritomb, then their only choices would be to fight or run away as fast as possible.
"I guess we have no choice," said Minx. "We'll have to explore the tomb."
"Oh boy, if I see another Spiritomb in there, I'm taking my large dragon tail outta there," said Chopper. "You three can come with me if you want."
"What's the matter? Scared of a few ghosts?" jeered Kendra. Chopper then let out a growl.
"We'll accept the challenge,"said Jax. "Though don't be alarmed if we have more injuries and wounds after this exploration."
"I hope not either. But I'm absolutely elated that you four have decided to take on this challenge for the University," said Julius. "Be sure to contact me upon your findings."
"Will do, Headmaster Julius," said Jax.
With that, the telecommunicator blacked out, and the team was then left with a daunting task.
"You guys ready to go back in there?" Said Jax.
"If what the Headmaster said was true, then we're the only ones who can investigate further." said Minx. "We have to go in there."
"Oh dear," Kendra said with a gulp of worry. "I feel like I'm getting shivers just thinking about going back to that place."
"Keep your cool, Kendra," said Jax. "Even if we do find monsters, now we are better prepared."
Jax referred to the fact that Ms. Ophelia had taught him the move Foresight. Any ghost they would encounter would be revealed by the move.
"Yeah, but will that move work on all ghosts?" worried Chopper
"It should," answered Jax. "The reason we couldn't beet the Spiritomb was because it was hidden behind it ghostly aura. That's why even your move Crunch, though it's a Dark type move, couldn't hit it."
Minx put her hand to her chin, with many thoughts going through her head. "I wonder if any move type will cause Supper Effective damage. The only types I can think of is the Fairy and Fighting type, but none of us know fairy type moves. And Fighting type moves won't cause any damage.
"That is what Foresight is for," reminded Jax. "Now my Aura Sphere and Chopper's Brick Break can cause damage - Super effective to be exact."
The team then began thinking of ways to attack an enemy they would encounter. For sure there may be more ghost types in the tomb, and maybe Dark and Psychic types too. They checked their moves and see if they can be of any effect.
Kendra knew Flamethrower, Psybeam, Attract and Shadow Ball.
Chopper knew Crunch, Dig, Poison Jab and Brick Break.
Minx knew Psychic, Reflect, Sucker Punch, and Future Sight.
Jax knew Aura Sphere, Bone Rush, Strength, and his new move, Foresight.
These moves might be enough for the team to venture forth into the cave again. And with Jax's new move, even a Spiritomb will be a lot easier to defeat, meaning ghost types won't be an issue anymore.
"This looks rather reasonable," said Minx. "The moves we know can once again help us now that you learned Foresight, Jax."
"Yeah! Now we can finally kick some stupid, spooky ghost ass!" cheered Chopper.
"I think it would be best if we avoid fights instead. I mean, it's not like we gotta clear out every monster in that tomb in order to study it," said Kendra softly.
"I agree with Kendra," said Jax. "We aren't here to fight every ghost that lives in that tomb. We have to be smart about this."
"And the smart thing to do is send them back where they came from!" rebuked Chopper.
"Must you be such a ruffian?" chided Minx. "The last thing we need is to be in a situation where we are running or fighting for our lives. I can detect when a ghost is coming our way, and I can use my powers to mask our presence as long as we go to an alcove or corner."
"No sneak attacks either," added Jax. "If one ghost spots us, then they'll summon the rest of their friends to come over. Like Minx said, the last thing we need is to get into trouble."
Kendra took note of all this. If one ghost - if there are any supernatural beings in there - spots them, then they'll be attacked by a whole hoard of them. This worried Kendra majorly, and she felt a tingly sensation run down her spine. Things were about to get a whole lot more dangerous, and Kendra was not as thrilled as before.
"Well... let's get a bite to eat, guys," said Kendra nervously. "I'm pretty sure you've got a big appetite, right Chopper?"
"That I do, Kendra," chirped Chopper happily.
"Well then, guys, let's go get us some grub," said Jax.
And all four unanimously agreed on that. They went to the dining tables, and chose the exact same counter stools they chose yesterday.
It wasn't long before Ms. Ophelia soon came, with a smile on her face that was glad to see her guests slash diners were still in one piece. "I heard you four was talking on the Telecoms. I'm guessing it has to do with that tomb you four discovered, am I right?" she said sternly.
"Yeah. We just got in touch with our Headmaster. He allowed us to go into the tomb and explore," said Kendra
To this, Ophelia let out a disgruntled sigh. "That's just like you four. First you almost get skinned alive by one Spiritomb, and now you wanna go their congregation hall?"
"All in the name of discovery, Ms. Ophelia," said Minx.
"Well, I figure you archeologist types wouldn't be satisfied unless you went into that Arceus-forsakened place. I might as well provide you your first meal of the day - that is, if it doesn't turn to be your last day," she warned.
Ophelia then began serving the team their flapjacks, just the same as yesterday - but of course, Kendra didn't forget to ask for Sitrus Berry jam this time around.
The end of their meal ended quite the same as yesterday: Kendra ate three with Sitrus berry jam, Chopper ate two plate of five stacks each, and Minx had three with Leppa berry tea. Jax ate four flapjacks, and they were once again not covered in either jam nor syrup.
Meanwhile, Kendra got to thinking about the Alistras, the family which resided and were buried in that tomb. Remembering Ophelia's confession that she was an Alistran decedent, she figured she could ask the aging Kangaskahn about her connection.
"Miss Ophelia," said Kendra. "Do you mind me asking a question?"
The Kangaskahn smiled turning towards her. "Sure thing, sugar. Whatcha wanna know?"
"Um, I..." Kendra was nervous as to how to begin, and slowly she loked for support from her comrades. Chopper was still stuffing his face, while Minx was doing some form of meditation.
She turned to Jax, and was immediately caught by surprise the fact that he was looking straight at her. He gave her a smile and a reassuring nod, and Kendra was then flushed with confidence.
"Since this is basically your family's tomb, do you know anything about your ancestors. Any folklore or tales about them?" said Kendra, still half nervously.
"Well, if it's the Alistras you wanna learn about, then you've come to the right Pokemom," chuckled Ophelia. "As you know, they were a rich and powerful clan. They dominanted as the Lords and Ladies over Kelsgrove and the entire surrounding area. Some were kind-hearted and benevolent folks. While others were nasty as they can get.
"Their dynasty of Lords and Ladies followed down through centuries, but about Three Thousand years ago, the dynasty crumbled. They lost power as a new country was forming to replace the Regal Alistras. But they we're having any of it. Those in the Alistra Kingdom who dared utter a call for Independence or Revolution were, at best, automatically sent to the castle dungeon. Killed by torture at worst."
"Damn! The Alistras didn't mess around," acknowledged Chopper.
"I agree," said Minx. "Those are horrid things to do. Tyrants, the whole lot of them."
"So what did they do next, Miss Ophelia?" asked Me dra enthusiastically.
"Well I'll tell you what they did," said Ophelia. "When their kingdom fell and they had nowhere to turn to, they headed straight for the Alistra Family Tomb in Frost Grotto. It was there that the last remaining Alistras took their own lives."
"Cowards," said Chopper. "Oh hush, you," said Minx.
"The tomb, if I remember correctly, was designed like a Maze-like pattern, with many dead ends and traps to stave away graverobbers. And with the discovery of that Spiritomb stone, I wouldn't be surprised if more of those things lurked inside."
"We figured that," said Jax. "Which is why I asked if you could teach me Foresight last night. In case we come across any ghosts, I can reveal them so we can Attack."
"That sounds good and all," began Ophelia. "But I don't think there will be just one ghost in those tombs. You four best be careful."
"We will, Miss Ophelia!" trooped Kendra.
The elder Kangaskahn only smiled at her guest's enthusiasm. It seems that yesterday's battle versus the Spiritomb has yet to drain her spirits.
The group was about to leave the counter seats until they were called again. "Hold on, you four. I have some good advice for you that outta help out."
"Really," said Jax. "Like what kind."
"Well it's not necessarily advice, more like hints and warnings," said Ophelia. "If I remember the folklore correctly, the innermost sanctum is called the 'Hall of Urns.' There is said to await some grand treasure in that hall. But please be careful about not to disturb the graves! I heard that those who desecrate the bodies of the ancient family will be cast an evil curse."
"We don't intend to do that anyways," said Jax. "We're Archeologists, not Grave Robbers."
"And one more thing: Beware of the 'Hall of the Unconsecrated'".
"Hall of the Unconsecrated?" asked Chopper. "What in Arceus is that?"
"A place you must try to avoid at all cost," said Ophelia. "The disgraced and shunned members of the Alistras were buried there. In Alistra lore, their Spirits still roam the corridors, seeking vengeance against those who had put them there. I don't know if you have to cross the Hall of the Unconsecrated to reach the Hall of Urns, but one thing is certain: Get the hell out of there! If you have to cross it, hold hands and run as fast as your feet can carry you!"
This bit of news disgruntled the team. Even aggressive as ever Chopper was a bit shaken after what he just heard.
"Now I'm really starting to question the safety of this mission," said Minx worriedly.
Kendra was utterly frozen. She felt Butterfrees in her stomach, and a chill that tingled down her spine. The Hall of the Unconsecrated sounded like a very terrifying place. Then again, the whole idea of investigating a Haunted Tomb was already nerve wracking enough.
"It don't sound too safe to me, either," said Chopper. "I guess we better be careful then."
Everyone then turned to look Chopper dead in the eye, in complete disbelief. "What're you all lookin' at? I can play it safe sometimes, too, yah know."
"Chopper. You never play it safe," said Minx. "For all the years I've known you, I've never seen you be one for caution."
"I guess there's a first for everything," commented Jax. "But whether Chopper learned his lesson or not is not important. What is important is that we get prepared for the hard task ahead. We're going to be going somewhere possibly filled with paranormal creatures. We must be ready for anything in there."
"Pardon. Did you say 'paranormal creatures?' I find that a rather insultive term," said a voice behind the four.
All four turned around to come face to face with three ghost type Pokemon: A Dusknoir, a Lampent, and a Banette.
"Ghosts!" shrieked Kendra. She was utterly frightened by their sudden appearance. Perhaps the ghosts from the cave have come here to attack preemptively.
"No need for alarm, my dear lass. We heard you four would be heading down a rather... how shall I say, spooky environment," said the Lampent.
"If you don't mind, we'd like to offer our services to help you in your plight," said the Banette.
"And who in the bloody are you three?" said Chopper, returning to his vulgar as usual self. "You wanna join us so you can plunder for treasures?"
Suddenly, the figures of the three ghosts shimmered. Someone used Foresight on them.
"We are not here to fight," said the Dusknoir. "So please, that Foresight was rather unnecessary," it said. "And we are not here for the sake of monetary gain. As ghosts, we have no need for Pokemon Dollars."
"You know these three?" asked Jax to Miss Ophelia.
"By golly I do!" exclaimed Ophelia. "And you should be ashamed of yourself, Reverend, for scaring my guests so suddenly like that."
The Dusknoir let out a hearty laugh. "I must apologize. I guess our abrupt appearance and their talk of malevolent ghosts must have caught our dear four, brave adventurers off guard."
"Reverend?" said Minx confusesedly. "You mean you're the town pastor?"
"Mmh hmm. Yep he is," said Ophelia. "His name is Joseph Lancaster, and he is the Pastor of the Church of Arceus here in town. The Lampent is Luscid Porfirious, the Sacred Rites Performer. And the Banette is Calamar Kiltern, the Organ Master. All three are the ones who run the church."
"Fascinating!" pepped Kendra, now having switched from fear to delight. "It is nice to meet such Holy Pokemon."
"No no, my dear lass," said the Reverend. "We ourselves are not Holy, but the Great Ones we devoted our second-lives to are most definitely Holy."
"Rumor spread quick about your group's discovery of a tomb found in the cave you four were researching. When we heard that a Spiritomb had attacked you, we figured that wouldn't be the last ghost you would face if you tried to go in," said Joseph the Reverend.
"Oh, how convenient you three show up right after we make a big discovery," sneered Chopper.
"Never mind him," said Minx. "He has a distrust of Pokemon he does not know."
"Oh come on! Think about it!" pleaded Chopper. "What if these three are after some kind of treasure we don't know? Or what if they want to sacrifice us to some Alistra spirit or something?"
"Wow, does your head run wild," chided Minx.
The three ghosts cackled heartily, though being ghosts, they could not help the laugh sounding also quite sinister.
"Your something, Chopper," said Ophelia "That I will say. You're feisty and aggressive, and both a braveheart and a beserker. But believe me when I tell you that ghosts don't mean any harm. Jax," she then turned to the leader," why haven't you introduced yourselves yet?"
"I guess I should," smiled Jax. He then stood up and went to shake each ghost's hand. " My name's Jax, and I'm the leader of this team. The female Meowstic is Minx, our supernatural expert."
"It's a pleasure to meet you spooky three," joked Minx with a smile and a wink, and the ghosts couldn't help but chuckle at the welcome.
Jax went ahead and introduced the Braixen. "This is our newest member to the team, Kendra. She knows plenty of information about Pokemon lore. Though she is a bit shy, she has a good heart," he said.
Kendra blushed like a cherri berry, and she couldn't almost bear seeing the three ghosts looking right a her. "Hello, there," she managed to utter.
"Now, there is no need to be shy, or terrified, Kendra dear," said the Lampent. "We are friendly and amiable ghosts, hee hee."
"And here," he grabbed Chopper roughly by the shoulders, "Is Chopper. He is our muscle and an expert in trekking and mountaineering. Though he can be rough around the edges, he's has a good heart."
"Hmm!" grunted Chopper. "I don't think you ghosts do much mountaineering, now do you?"
"Well, we do float in the air," acknowledged Luscid. " So I doubt we would need climbing gear to scale a mountain or large hill."
"I believe these three will be a great boon to have on our team," said Minx. "Their supernatural powers can help us go through the maze of corridors in the Alistra tomb."
"I agree," said Kendra in a soft voice. "Who better to help us deal with ghosts than other ghosts? Aren't ghost type moves effective against other ghosts?"
"It goes both ways, Kendra," said Jax. "If the three get hit by ghost moves, they too will suffer greater damage."
"Even I am at a disadvantage," said Minx. "Being a Psychic type, ghost moves will harm me more, too. But then again, I also know the move Sucker Punch, which is very effective against ghosts."
And so the team and the three church ghosts began to talk strategy and what they knew. And one of those being what the moves of the three were:
Joseph knew Shadow Ball, Giga Impact, Future sight, and Foresight.
Luscid knew Flame Burst, Hex, Dream Eater, and Curse.
Calamar knew Phantom Force, Shadow Claw, Dark Pulse, and even Dazzling Gleam!
With their combined moves, it appeared the three ghosts we're ready for anything that would come their way- though it was shocking that Calamar the Banette knew a fairy type move. Yet that move would be a boon in case they came up against Dark types in the cave. And it would most definitely do damage against a Spiritomb.
"Looks like you seven have everything wrapped up," said Ophelia.
"It looks like we're ready for anything in this cave!" said Kendra Gleefully.
"I gotta admit, these new 'friends' of ours got power," admitted Chopper. "But can they be as helpful as they say they can be?"
"Of course!" exclaimed Minx. "These three Church-masters have the moves to counter whatever gets in our way. Pastor Joseph himself looks like he has the brawn and supernatural power to handle an entire hoard of ghosts, let alone the three combined."
"I would like to agree on that!" said Kendra happily.
"Then that's settled," said Jax. "Let's have the ghosts join us."
"It's nice to hear you have faith in us," said Luscid.
"We promise we won't let you down. As priars, it is our sworn duty to purge the darkness. But we won't get in the way of your research, of course."
"Yes, Pokemon Archeologists. It is an honor to join you in your quest," bowed Joseph, as did Luscid and Calamar.
All Ophelia can do was laugh and be tickled. "Well well, Reverend. Seems to me that you've earned the trust of our brave adventurers," she said.
"Well, I hardly doubt anyone would be brave enough to accompany these four. Who better to help brave the dead than those who are close to them," he said. He then turned to the team. "We'll be off to the church to prepare for the expedition. I plan on bringing Sage and Incense to ward off any malicious aura that comes our way."
"Yes, that would be most appropriate," said Luscid to Joseph. "Those tombs must be riddled with the unconsecrated."
"We'll make sure to always be by your side in the tomb, Jax," said Calamar. "That is the least we can do."
"Then we'll prepare as well," said Jax. He then turned to the team. "Alright, guys. Let's ready ourselves for what's to come."
"Fine by me," said Chopper. "Most definitely," said Minx.
Kendra remained quiet, her mind thinking about the expedition back into the cave. First comes the fear of going into a haunted tomb in general. Then there is a potential hall that can be life threatening if they stay in there too long. And now three ghosts, though holy priars, have joned them. All this information made her head spin and her heart race.
Yet still, the thrill of excitng adventure kept her wanting to go forward. Ever since she joined Pokemon University she has wanted to travel and make new discoveries as she aimed towards her career as an Archeologist. Traveling to Kelsgrove alone was an exciting feat. Entering an although haunted tomb made her sense of both fear and excitement soar.
She knew she would be safe amongst her friends. And she welcomed the idea of the having the church ghosts come and help them.
All that she had to do now was prepare herself, in both Mind and Body.
The four went back to their room and began to assess the situation and pack up their gear.
"How beneficial do you believe the priars will be to our quest?" asked Minx to her colleagues.
"I say we ditch these ghosts," said Chopper. "They still look shifty to me."
"I dunno," said Kendra. "They are the church's Pokemon, after all."
"Maybe because it's the fact they are ghosts that got you worrying, Chopper," said Jax.
"It's... It's not that I'm afraid of ghosts," rebuked Chopper. "It's just that a ghost originally tried to kill us, you know. I'm just being cautious here, cause I don't wanna become a ghost, myself."
The group once again looked at him. This was a trend and new behavior that was unbefitting of the Land Shark.
"Well, the good news is that you're sticking on the side of caution, Chopper," noted Jax. "But I disagree. The ghosts may be spooky, and they may possibly drain our life force due to their nature, but-"
"Wait," said Kendra abruptly. "They can drain our life force?"
"The Lampent Luscid can," said Minx. "Some ghosts feed off of the life force of other living things, such as plants and other Pokemon. But that isn't much to worry about. I see Luscid's potential to be a greater boon than the disadvantage of him possibly draining us."
"Now you see why I don't trust ghosts?!" exclaimed Chopper.
"Now I'm seeing Chopper's point more clearly," said Kendra nervously.The thought of having her life force drained didn't sit well with her.
"Don't worry, Kendra," said Jax. "I doubt Luscid would want to do something like that to us. I'm pretty sure he'll sate his hunger before he heads out with us - kinda like how we ate breakfast today to start off the day."
"I agree," said Minx. "And in case he does, I have a move that'll make him think about what he does," she said, raising her hand in a fist that darkened. Sucker Punch would most definitely work as revenge.
"I agree," said Chopper, revealing and clicking his razor sharp teeth.
"It seems we have a few trust issues going on," acknowledged Jax. "To be honest, I sort of feel the same way. But I see them as a necessity. Their powers combined can help us greatly, and even supplement Minx's Psychic powers."
"Now I don't feel so worried anymore," said Kendra. "Let's head to the church and meet the priars. I hope they're ready by now." Everyone Agreed.
They then grabbed their packs and headed out to the foyer. But before they could reach the front door," Hold it!" Said Ms. Ophelia. The team stopped to see what the Kangaskahn wanted to say.
"Take these with you," she said, holding up for silver necklaces with the symbol of Arceus shining at it's end."if there is anybody that can help you, then it can be our Lord and savior Arceus. These may help ward off any horrid vibes that you may feel in the tomb."
"Wow! They're beautiful!" Exclaimed Kendra.
"And expensive," added Chopper begrudgingly.
"How much will these cost?" asked Jax.
"Oh shoot, deary, they're free! I just hope you for will come back alive fom that place. And hopefully restore honor to my family's name."
"Restore honor?" said Chopper.
"Yes. I want the shadow that has fallen upon my family gone. It gives me grief to think about what they have done. And I hope that by giving their Spirits grace that they may no longer be cursed to wander trapped in those halls."
"You think your ancestors' ghosts roam those halls?" asked Minx.
"I do. And they are angry. Which is why I called the Priars over to join your team. They know how to calm the dead."
"Wait. You were the ones who called those ghosts over?!" Chopper blurted out.
"Yes. It was me. Sorry for not telling you four. But I wanted you four safe, and the only people who I knew to turn to were them. I doubt anyone else would be brave enough to enter the tombs, so I asked them to join you."
"It's okay, Ms. Ophelia!" smiled Kendra. "I understand. You just want us safe and alive. And I thank you for it. Thank you so much for your kindness!"
Ophelia couldn't help but blush. The other members of the team blushed as well. Kendra always knew how to put a smile on someone's face.
The two headed out the door into the chilly snow, much to Chopper's discomfort. They had to find the Church of Arceus. So conveniently, it was right in front of the inn. The building was tall, and it's windows were painted with figures of Legendary and Mythical Pokemon. They walked up to the church, but right before chopper could open the door the sound of an organ played.
Jax opened the door and the music blasted all four.
Sure enough, Calamar the Banette Organ Master was playing a rather epic yet cheery song. The Pastor and Sacred Rites Performer were in front of a medium sized statue of the Alpha Pokemon, Arceus, and both ghosts took a bow in humble resolve.
Pastor Joseph then turned around to see the group standing in front of the entrance, all while Calamar concluded his song.
"So you must be ready, then," said Joseph. "Good. We were just doing our Prayer ritual to Arceus. May he guide us in this passage.
"Ah, I see you have silver Necklaces of Arceus," said Luscid. "That is good. The Divines' will be sure to aid you in your quest."
"You three ready?" asked Chopper.
The three ghosts congregated together and picked up their respective packs that was lain behind the pulpit. "I'll bring Sage and Incense Oil to burn in those tombs. That way, evil spirits will be less likely to come and antagonize us," said Luscid.
"I'll bring my panflute to play soft, sacred songs which will lure the Spirits back to sleep," said Calamar.
"Sounds like you all got ready," said Minx. "I can even smell the incense and sage you have with you, Priar Luscid. It smells wonderful."
"If you like the smell, then the ghosts might like it too," said Kendra. "It smells wonderful."
"Ready to head out, Pastor?" asked Jax
"I am. I believe it is time to head out, now shall we?" said Pastor Joseph.
And all four of the team agreed. The Archeologists and Priars then headed out of the church and headed for the road to the mine and grotto.
Again, the incline put stressonthe team's legs; lucky for the priars that they could float.
After a few miles of trekking, the team came across the Kelsgrove Mine, and right in front was Foreman Butch.
He turned around to face the team.
"Still heading for the grotto again?"he asked.
"We all are," said Pastor Joseph. "And I feel as though they may require our help."
"Well, if it ain't the good ol' Pastor Joseph. And Priar Luscid and Calamar, you joining the four into the tomb? inquired Butch.
"Correct," said Joseph. "We were asked by Ms. Ophelia to join them. We felt as though they may need our help as well, so we decided to join them."
Butch then noticed the Necklaces of Arceus that the team wore. "Looks like you got yourselves some good luck charms. Hopefully the Alpha Lord may give you guys a hand."
"I hope so," said Kendra. "To be honest, I'm still kinda worried about entering the tomb."
"I wish you palookas the best. Those tombs will have plenty of spooks to give yah trouble. But going with the church priars will really give yah guys an edge."
"Our mission is not to fight every ghost in that tomb. We are simply looking for any archeological evidence about the Alistras and their history," said Jax.
"Making sure we don't have to confront any evil spirit is a must," said Minx.
"And with us, we can use our powers to keep any evil beings at bay," said Luscid.
After saying their last goodbyes, the team headed up the narrow path to the cave. And after scaling the side of the mountain for a while the seven came across the gaping maw of Frost Grotto - the open cave's mouth with dangling icicles still just as intimidating. As they came closer, the team noticed that the priars were a bit behind.
"What's taking you three!" called Chopper. "You better not be using Nasty Plot."
"The cave," said Joseph with a shiver. "We can feel the forces brewing within the cave. There is no doubt about it. The very cave itself is now cursed."
"I can feel it, too," said Minx, who too was shivering. "There is a growing force developing. I can feel it to my bones. Frost Grotto is tainted. The evil of the tomb is spreading."
The rest of the team was shook by what she said. The mission was all the more dangerous now.
"This doesn't change anything. We still have to go in there," said Jax adamantly, though his aura detection too felt a sinister aura. "Minx, place a beacon stone at the entrance to the cave. And place another once we reach the tomb's entrance. We need to make sure we don't get lost in there."
And she did just as before. Minx dug a small hole in the ground and placed the Beacon Stone inside. It's presence was strong and pulsating, which brought a bit of reassurance to Minx.
"Well, here goes nothing, guys," said Chopper. "Let's head inside."
He took a few steps forward before, "Wait!!!" shouted Pastor Joseph. But by then it was too late.
Chopper was blasted back by a Shadow Ball, and was sent flying in the air. Upon his fall, he did not show signs of getting up.
"Chopper!!!" shrieked Kendra as she rushed over to him.
Immediately, Minx and Jax turned offensive, Jax bring out a Bone Rush and Minx lifting her ears and creating a psychic field around her.
"YOU WILL NOT DISTURB MY MASTERS," said a familiar sounding voice.
Minx gasped at what came out of the cave. "It revived?"
"It can't be," sad Jax in awe.
The Pastor stood in front of them and held up a stick of burning incense. "You, Unconsecrated Demon! I command you to return whence you came!"
Another Shadow Ball was lobbed out, but Joseph caught it in his left hand, and it dissipated into nothingness.
"You shall not strike at the innocent again!" bellowed Joseph. "Spiritomb!"
The horrid creature stepped out of the shadows, revealing itself, fully revived and restored.
"I can't believe it revived," said Minx.
"Me neither," said Jax.
The horrid Spiritomb from before was now before the team. And it was still as furious as before.
"I WILL END YOU ALL!!!" it roared.
Yet Joseph didn't back down. "Kendra! How is Chopper?" said the Pastor.
"He's fine, but he's unconscious. I'll see if I can revive him," said Kendra.
"Now would be a good time to use Foresight, Jax," said Minx.
"I will," he replied. The Spiritomb's body then shimmered. It was now exposed.
"Don't count me out of this fight!" said Rites Master Luscid. He came up front to be with Joseph, side by side.
"Me neither," said Calamar the Organ Master. "I got a special move just for you, Spiritomb," he said with a cackle.
And so began the second Spiritomb Battle. But this time, the team had the help of the church priars to aid them. It was now ghosts versus ghost, and the tension began to rise as the powerful Spiritomb stood before the team.
But how did it revive? And was it the sinister aura that the priars, Minx, and Jax felt. Or was there something even more sinister waiting for them in the back of the cave, where the Spirits of the Alistras lay?
Chopper was KO'd in one hit, with Kendra nursing him back to consciousness. But one thing was certain:
The Spiritomb has revived, now even stronger than before. And it craved bloodshed.
"MY MASTERS WILL CONTINUE TO SLEEP. AND YOU WILL TASTE MY WRATH," it said. And a Shadow Ball, one very large sphere of dark aura, built in front of it. "NOW DIE!!!"
Author: J.C. Solis