The Call of PikaChulu
Join Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu as they investigate the origins of a strangely mutated Pokemon captured by Professor Oak. A humorous adventure of cuddly madness and doom!
Ash is one of four trainers who started out from Pallet Town to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great Pokémon Master. He is determined, but his skills are lacking and he tends to get a big head easily, getting caught up in the moment and not thinking straight when going into battle, leaving him depending mostly on luck to win. His favorite Pokémon is his first, Pikachu, who he usually calls on, even when Pikachu has a disadvantage. He travels with Brock and Misty, two former Gym Leaders. Though they fight often (especially Ash and Misty), they are a close-knit group and take care of each other. Ash isn't very wise, but he has a big heart and will come through for his friends whenever there's trouble.
"That's right! I hereby declare to the Pokémon of the world, I will be the greatest Pokémon trainer, the greatest Pokémon master, of ALL TIME!"
Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon and a temperamental one at that. Pikachu wasn't too fond of Ash when they first met, but after Ash risked his life to save Pikachu from a flock of angry Spearows, Pikachu realized that Ash really cared (Ash isn't just Pikachu's trainer, but is also Pikachu's best friend). Pikachu has spent time in a Pokéball only once, and that was enough. Now Pikachu refuses to get inside a Pokéball, preferring instead to walk alongside Ash. Like most other Pokémon, Pikachu can only say its name, which can lead to funny conversations between Pikachu and Ash, who actually seems to understand! Pikachu makes friends easily with other Pokémon and helps Ash to understand them. Pikachu once gave Team Rocket a big "shock" at the Viridian City Pokémon Center, and for some reason, the terrible trio has spend almost every episode thereafter plotting to steal Pikachu from Ash. Luckily, they've never fully succeeded.
"Pii – Kaa – Chuu!” (Zap!)
Misty was formerly one of the Gym Leaders in Cerulean City, along with her three older sisters. She left home to become a Water Pokémon trainer, then met up with Ash when she fished him out of a river in Episode One. He then proceeded to: A. Steal her bike, B. Wreck her bike, and C. Refuse to pay her for her bike. Misty started following Ash around to get paid back, but they soon became friends. Misty is fond of all her Pokémon, except the lumbering Psyduck, who pops out of its Pokéball at the most inappropriate times, usually during a battle. Her most precious Pokémon, Tokepi, really belongs to Ash, but it prefers Misty instead, because she was the first thing it saw when it hatched. Oh, and Misty really, really, really, hates Bug Type Pokémon. One time Brock tried to fool her by tickling her with a piece of grass and telling her it was a bug. She kicked him – HARD.
(After Joe compliments Ash on his "Once-In-A-Lifetime Battle"): “DON'T try to copy it! It was kind of a fluke!"
Brock is the oldest of the three main characters. He used to be the Pewter City Gym Leader but quit after his father decided to come out of hiding. Now he journeys with Ash and Misty on his quest to become the world's greatest Pokémon breeder. Brock is an excellent cook and prepares all of the group's food. He learned to be a good cook because he had to take care of his 10 brothers and sisters (who, by the way, all look like mini Brocks) until his dad came back. Brock has a lot of strengths, but he does have one great weakness... he falls head over heels in love with every girl he sees (usually older girls, especially Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny), making him revert from his normally serious attitude into a blabbering idiot, until Misty drags him away, pulling on his ear. Unfortunately for him, he is always rejected, but maybe someday he will find someone… Although Brock does have some qualities about him that make him "interesting", he really cares about his Pokémon and his friends.
Nurse Joy, like Officer Jenny, has many members of her family spread through out the world operating Pokémon Centers. They are all nurses, they all look alike, and they are all named Joy. Ash and company never get it, though. Each time they meet a Nurse Joy, they have to ask her if she's related to the Nurse Joy they met previously. And of course, each time, Brock falls head over heels in love. Nurse Joy doesn't seem to mind, though. Their personalities are more or less the same, all willing and able to help. They also have Chansey assistants, whose caring attitudes make them perfect for hospital work.
"This (fill in the blank) is in really bad shape! How could you let it get like this?"
Officer Jenny has relatives all over the land, who look like her and are named Jenny as well. Depending on the Jenny they encounter, Ash and the gang can find a helpful Jenny, a hostile Jenny, an overly suspicious Jenny, or a hyper Jenny. Brock tends to fall in love with each one claiming each one is more beautiful than the others, even though they all look alike... The also all seem to have killer motorcycles.
(After Brock asks her out) "Sorry, but my next break's not until past your bedtime!"
Team Rocket (Jessie, James, and Meowth)
Jessie, James, and Meowth are members of Team Rocket, a shady organization trying to take over the world of Pokémon for its evil leader, Giovanni. In their quest to capture Pikachu, they often dress up in silly disguises and have outrageous plots that always seem to backfire, sending them "blasting off again" back to square one.
Jessie is the more hotheaded member of Team Rocket and can easily be recognized by her ridiculously long hair. She tends to be the more aggressive and brash than James, even having served a short time as the Viridian City Gym Leader.
James is the more worrisome and cautious of the infamous duo, often wanting to give up rather than getting into danger. He is also willing to dress up like a woman in order to get Pikachu... perhaps a little bit to willing...
Meowth is the mascot of Jessie and James's small team. He used to be the pet of Giovanni, but was demoted in favor of a Persian. Meowth is one of the few Pokémon that can speak; he learned to speak to impress a female Meowth but was rejected. Meowth is the real brains behind the small group, coming up with complex plans to kidnap Pikachu, but he is always the one who gets pummeled whenever things go wrong.
Though they seem to have dedicated their lives to swipe Ash's Pokémon, Jessie and James have occasionally teamed up with the twerp to battle against a greater evil, mostly their own rivals, Butch and Cassidy. Despite their constant arguing, the team always sticks together and are the best of friends.
Jessie: “My hair was my one true love.”
James: "Team Rocket always puts beauty before duty!"
Meowth: “I'm also humble and housebroken.”
Professor Oak is the leading Pokémon expert in Pallet Town, and maybe the world. He gave Ash his first Pokémon, Pikachu, and takes care of the Pokémon Ash doesn't currently carry. He spends almost all day caring for a vast amount of Pokémon, but manages to take some time to perform research and to help Ash, who calls constantly.
Professor Oak's grandson, and Ash's rival, Gary is snobbish and rude, and seems to always be one step ahead of Ash. Gary also has a group of cheerleaders who follow him around and cheer him on. One time, Brock tried to ask them out. He said, "hey girls how'd you like to spend some time with me?" and they said, "Yes sir! We'd like that!" Then he got all depressed because they thought he was an old man.
(To Ash) “You were the fourth to leave home, but as a trainer, you're dead last!"
Ash’s Ketchum’s House, Pallet Town
Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu are visiting Ash’s Mom, Ms. Ketchum, in Pallet Town, as they take a well-deserved rest from their many Pokémon adventures. All has gone well and the team is now ready to get back to their journeys, when something odd happens to one of Ash’s Pokémon.
Early this morning Ash’s Squirtle became ill and has turned dark green. It looks quite sick and is delirious, unable to even say its name.
Ms. Ketchum looks at the poor thing and asks “What have you done to your Pokémon Ash? It looks terrible.”
“Maybe you should take it to Professor Oak’s lab. I’m sure he’ll know what to do, he certainly has a way with his Pokémon.” *wry smile…
Professor Oak led everyone to a secure steel door at the back of the lab. Punching a code into a keypad opened the door with a click, to reveal a stark and sterile containment cell. Held in a thick barred cage on an examination table was a frightful sight; a mutated dark green Squirtle with a vicious-looking misshapen fish-like head. It hissed angrily at everyone through a nasty protrusion of razor sharp fangs - leaping at the bars violently!
Officer Jenny was shaken at the sight, but retained her composure. Ash on the other hand, took one look at the creature in the cage and panicked - running around in circles, screaming "Not my Squirtle! Not my Squirtle! Not my Squirtle!"
Pikachu meanwhile, was stunned - and somehow realizes that whatever the Squirtles had, it was probably contagious...
Everyone else, while disturbed by the sight, managed to remain calm.
“I caught this Pokémon north of Pallet Town." Professor Oak said gravely, "I believe it was once a Squirtle, but somehow it has evolved into this monstrosity. Seeing the condition of your own Squirtle Ash, I fear this may be some kind of epidemic that will effect all Squirtles.”
Geodude circled around the thicket while Growlithe chargesd forward.
Pikachu meanwhile, released a Thunder Shock that arced overhead and lit up the thicket! A Scyther inside, cried out as the volts surged into it.
“Scyther! Scyther!” It wailed - as electricity coursed through its body!
“Scyther! Grrr!” The pokemon then snarled, after the onslaught had ended. It turned to take off into the air, in an attempt to escape.
Unfortunately, neither Geodude, nor Growlithe were close enough to stop it…
As all this went on, Psyduck just waddled around in confusion.
With Officer Jenny 'cheering' Brock on, Brock chucked his rock at the fleeing Scyther as it rose into the air. Unfortunately, Scyther batted the incoming projectile away with its claw blade – sending it hurling back down – where it promptly slammed painfully into Misty’s kneecap!
Needless to say, Misty's pokeball went errant, as she grabbed her knee and began hopping around on one leg - "Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch!"
Officer Jenny's pokeball sailed through the air and missed the Scyther by a mile. No amount of luck could have helped that embarrasing throw.
Brock, being faster on the draw than Ash, hit the Scyther with his own pokeball, shortly after the rock attack.
The Scyther was pulled in and the pokeball fell to the forest floor. After shaking back and forth a bit, the Scyther popped back out.
“Scyther!” it yelled angrily and prepared to attack.
With the pokemon no longer fleeing, Ash was able to chuck his own pokeball at it without much dificulty.
"Go Pokéball go!" he yelled dramatically, as he hits the Scyther in the face, KO’ing it, and sucking it in.
As everyone waited with baited anticipation, the pokeball bounced and jittered around – and then went still.
Ash had caught the Scyther!
“Psyduck?” Misty’s mentally challenged Pokemon asked (as Misty continued to hop around on one foot, grasping her throbbing knee in both hands) – and then more rustling was suddenly heard in the bushes.
Looking, everyone could see a large thorny bush that appeared to be what the Scyther was trying to slash up for some reason. It started to shake a bit, as something small climbed out of it.
A somewhat scratched-up Jigglypuff appeared, happy to be rescued from the Scyther, and started to sing in appreciation…
Almost everyone immediately clasp their hands to their ears – knowing what happens when a Jigglypuff sings – but Brock and Nurse Joy were not quick enough, and succumbbed to the dulcet tones.
Geodude, Growlithe, and Chansy also fell to the ground in sweet slumber; while Psyduck just stared ignorantly – “Psy?”
Those still awake watched with a knowing smirk, as the Jigglypuff got highly irritated at the sleeping audience – and popped out a permanent marker to begin vandalizing their faces…
With the team decided whether to head up or down the Squirtle trail, they suddenly noticed a dark shadow pass over them. When they looked up, they saw Team Rocket in their Meowth balloon overhead!
Prepare for trouble and make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation
James: To unite all peoples within our nation
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love
James: To extend our reach to the stars above
Jessie: Team Rocket! Blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth! That’s right!
James: “I’ll get you Pikachu, with my new grappling claw, ha, ha, ha, ha!”
Jessie: “Meowth, start lobbing bombs on those pesky losers.”
Meowth: “Right! Uh… what bombs?”
Jessie: “What do you mean, what bombs?!?”
Meowth: “Dat’s right, no bombs. Just this picnic basket.”
James: “You didn’t expect a poor boy to go hungry? There wasn’t room for both…”
Jessie: (smacks James)
With that, a silver grapple claw swung down from the balloon and snaped at Pikachu! – while Jessie and Meowth began lobbing the contents of a picnic basket down on the team.
“Hey, my lunch!” James bawled.
"Oh, so it's a Poke Fight you want?" James scoffed.
Then a moment later, Arbok and Weezings' Pokeballs were both tossed out!
Scyther was ready to fly the moment he popped out of the pokeball!
Pikachu ran over and hopped up onto its shoulder, as it took into the sky and flew toward Team Rocket’s Balloon.
James’ meanwhile, tried to grab the now flying Pikachu with the silver grappling claw – but Scyther spun and dived away to protect its passenger and the claw snapped harmlessly at empty air.
Team Rocket’s Weezing meanwhile, hovered twenty feet from the balloon, ready to intercept Scyther and Pikachu, while Arbok landed in the grass near Misty and hissed at her menacingly.
“You look hungry kid!” Meowth taunted – throwing a piece of cherry pie out of the balloon at Brock and splatting him in the face with it.
“Yeah, haha! Here’s something to wash it down!” Jessi crowed – throwing a can of soda pop at Brock, but missing.
Brock was very nearly distracted from throwing out Onyx by it, but managed to lob his pokeball right up into the basket with team rocket – as Misty also threw out her Starmie.
Then things suddenly got a little crazy.
In the Basket – the much too big Onyx appeared, completely crowding the basket – but something was wrong! Instead of the normally healthy looking Onyx Brock was expecting, there was a dark mottled half Onyx half gargantuan monstrosity! A flail of horrifying tentacles thrashed wildly, as the thing reared back and roared with a reverberating bellow to shake the very foundations of hell!
Then the entire basket ripped free from the balloon and Team Rocket crashed (amid maddening screams of sheer terror) into the ground fifty feet below!
Whatever Onyx had become, it roared terribly once more and then smashed head-first into the ground – shaking everyone right off their feet as it burrowed deep into the earth and was gone.
When the smoke and dust clouds cleared, Team Rocket was nowhere to be seen either, and Arbok and Weezing were fleeing the scene in panic.
The team wasn’t fairing much better from the sight either, for something about the unholy creature had unhinged everyone ever so slightly…
A short while later, the rest of the team caught up to Officer Jenny's motorcycle.
Ash ran over to Pikachu and found Brock all banged up.
"Hah, Brock," Ash chuckled, shaking his head. He didn't know what had happened, but it had to be good.
Taking out Scyther's Pokeball, Ash then asked the large green pokemon, "Scyther buddy, do you want to go back the Pokeball?"
Then, without warning, Ash dropped to the ground and began licking the motorcycle tire. "Oh yeah! Sweet sweet black licorice! Mmmm..."
Officer Jenny ignored Ash and eyed Brock suspiciously, before finally taking her bra off.
"Clothes are for weak people," she stated firmly, before grabbing a bazooka from her motorcycle.
"Now, let the party begin!" she smiled wickedly, hefting it to her shoulder.
Pikachu, being an androgynous mouse pokemon, was unfazed by Officer Jenny's nudity, and went over to take the pokeball from Ash - who was now totally engrossed by the motorcycle's chrome exhaust pipes.
As Pikachu held Scyther's pokeball aloft, a disembodied voice seemed to speak to his very soul - "It's yours now. You have the power. Now is the time of your dominion!"
The Mysterious Island
Following the Squirtle trail to the coast, the team came to a rocky beach, where a large rowboat leaned (bottom-side-up) against a boulder near the water. The beach appeared to be the origin of the Squirtles' exodus from the water, being covered with many sorts of tracks.
Offshore, about a mile or two out, everyone could see a small island. It rose a hundred or so feet above the waves, being five or more times in width, and was covered with large haggard-looking trees. Three monolithic heads of carved black stone stood on a ridge above a gray volcanic beach, facing the mainland. Though humanoid, they looked menacing and strange, with distinctly fish-like qualities. Beyond them, jutting above the trees at the very peak of the island, was an ominous stone tower, wreathed in what appeared to be a cloud of dark smoke. Every now and then, an orange-ish glow could be seen radiating through the haze.
As Brock looked on, he thought that he might have heard a legend about an island like this long ago - called 'Gengar's Tower' - a mysterious tower on a disappearing island. It was said the appearance of Gengar’s Tower was a bad omen. No one visited Gengar’s Tower when it appeared, because they feared the island would disappear with them on it.
The island also seemed familiar to Pikachu as well, but more of like being somewhere Pikachu had been to before, rather than something he'd actually heard about. Almost like he must have dreamed about it at some point and then forgotten, until just now.
As everyone considered what to do next, a dark shadow moved (ever-so-slightly), from under the overturned rowboat on the rocky beach...
"Hey guys," Brock began speaking, "this place is - Woah! What's that? Is that another demon squirtle?"
Quick as a flash, Brock snatched up a pokeball from his bag and launched it at the shadowy figure under the boat. "Geodude, I choose you!"
Ash watched on, calling out to Pikachu, "This worked last time... Alright, Pikachu! Thunder shock that shadow in the water!"
"Pika pi?" Pikachu replied quizzically, until he noticed the movement under the rowboat.
"PIKACHU!" he shouted in alarm, sending an arc of lighting at it.
The lightning hit the rowboat and lit it up - but all was silent afterwards... and the team still couldn't tell what was underneath...
"I would love to help..." Officer Jenny remarked with a hint of bordom in her voice, "but fire pokemon do not go that well with water. Maybe Misty could help? if I recall correctly, she was a water-pokemon trainer right?"
Nurse Joy meanwhile, seemed to ignore the shadow, and just looked across the water at the monolithic heads.
"Oh dear," she worried aloud, "those statues look just like what happened with those poor pokemon."
Then to the rest she concluded - "I'm sure this strange island has something to do with these terrible occurrences. We should row over there and explore the island to see if any of the pokemon there are afflicted, then investigate the tower."
I agree with Nurse Joy actually..." Officer Jenny replied matter of factly; "And I will not allow you kids to run off on your own either (for your own safety)."
"I dunno Nurse Joy..." Ash stated, while trying to lick Pikachu's slipper. "Even if we find the infected Pokemon, there's nothing we can do!"
"I need to investigate the island nonetheless, Officer Jenny pointed out to Ash, "and look for information regarding the pokenomicon. Also, we need to look for clues that could tell if this really is the source of the sick pokemon."
"Then I'd think you should start with the tower," Ash suggested, "the island istelf will take a long while to completely explore."
As Nurse Joy was standing there, listening to all the talk, a large red claw slowly reached out from under the over-turned rowboat and pinched the heck out of her big toe!
Apparently, there was a Krabby hiding under there!
“Pika pi! (yay!) “ Pikachu cried out in happiness, as he held the Pokeball close.
“Pikachu....” Jenny said quietly to the yellow pokemon theif, while slowly taking out her bazooka and making sure it was loaded.
“You will give back my two pokeballs right this instant, or you will go to jail.” She said, bouncing the bazooka on her shoulder to make sure Pikachu grasped the seriousness of the situation.
“Growlithe, be prepared for anything!” She instructed her sidekick.
“Pi… pika pika pi... (including the one with Krabby? I'm sorry Officer Jenny and Brock)” Pikachu said, tears in his eyes, taking out the four Pokeballs.
“Pika... pika Pikachu... ( I... I just wanted to be a trainer like you all... I… I don't know what came over me... )”
Pikachu took to the skies with Scyther and the two pokemon gave the tower a flyby.
They could see that the dirt path climbed up the island to a clearing at the top, where the massive stone tower rose high above the trees. It appeared as though most of the tower’s southeast wall had been blown out, and in fact, the tower was leaning over precariously, being propped up on its southeast side by three huge wooden beams. Dark smoke rolled out of the breach in the tower, where a flickering orange glow radiated from within...
“Pika pi?” Pikachu wondered aloud, flying towards the breach.
“Pika pika pi! (Come on up, I'll check the other side out!)” He shouted down to the others.
“Pikachu, be careful!” Ash yelled back. Taking out a Pokeball, he called, “Bulbasaur! I choose you!”
Nodding, he continued, “Guys, we should go up. Brock, you coming?”
“WHY IS EVERYONE RUSHING INTO THE MADNESS?!'' Brock wailed, reluctantly following everyone else up the path.
'The Stars are almost right,' the Voice in Pikachu's head declared.
“For what, voice in my head?” Pikachu asked.
'For your Ascendance into Godhood!' The voice replied with a proud tone. 'You will be the Pokemon Messiah! The ONE - to free them all from the endless torment at the hands of the barbaric humans - who have from the beginning exploited all Pokemon for their own sadistic pleasures.'
“Pika pika pi! (No you're wrong, they don't exploit us! Well, maybe they do, just a bit, but it's all in the NAME OF FRIENDSHIP and all...)’ Pikachu replied to the voice.
'Then you can unite the two species in true understanding and harmony, as it was from the dawn of time. They will listen to you. For such were you CHOSEN!'
Then, shouting down to his companions - “Pika pika pi! (Hurry, we don't have much time left!)”
“Brock, I don't know what Pikachu is talking about, but I just want to get this over with so I can continue my Pokemon journey!” Ash said, continuing forward. “C'mon guys! And Pikachu, get down here! It's dangerous to go alone!”
Nurse Joy turned to Brock confused.
“Madness? What do you mean Brock? We might find some clues as to why the pokemon have been having those weird transformations in the tower. We may even find a cure.”
She then put a hand on Brock's shoulder.
“Are you alright Brock?”
Brock mentally melted into a puddle of goo at Nurse Joy's touch.
“It is now” He said, staring dreamily at her.
“Well damn,” Brock said at length, “I guess if we don't get IMMEDIATELY KILLED BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL BRINGING US INTO THE TOWER FILLED WITH EVIL DEATH, I can set these pokesnacks out later.”
“That's the spirit Brock!” Ash exclaimed optimistically. “Let's go guys!”
As everyone went up the dirt path to join Pikachu and Scyther at the massive stone tower, they could see what Pikachu saw - that most of the tower’s southeast wall has been blown out, and that the tower leaned over precariously on that side, being propped up by three huge wooden beams. Dark smoke rolled out of the breach in the tower, where a flickering orange glow danced within.
A large locked iron door entered into the tower's first floor on the west side, though one could easily climb over all the rubble and go in through the open breach on the southeast side of the tower.
Looking around, Brock and Nurse Joy spotted something hiding among the trees, near the tower clearing. It appeared to be a Gengar, but something was wrong – it was acting almost as if it was actually frightened of something...
“Oh dear, I wonder why that Gengar is frightened,” Nurse Joys said, pointing him out to the group; “Usually he would be the one scaring others.”
“Chansey, why don't you and Pikachu ask him what's wrong?”
Chansy called over, and after some timid replies from the Gengar, turned to relay to Nurse Joy that the Gengar mumbled something about 'voices in its head' and 'almost being possessed' by whatever was going on inside the tower...
Nurse Joy pondered over what Chansey relayed back to her for a moment.
“I see. Ask him if there are any other pokemon in the tower at the moment Chansey, and if he's injured.”
Chansy again called back to the Gengar and learned that there were no Pokemon in the tower, just humans and... something... something evil...
Ash Ketchum looked at the frightened ghost and, whipping out his pokedex to look it up, asked: “Now, what ARE you...”
“But don't you worry,” he added, “we'll find the root of this evil once and for all!”
“Hey Mr Gengar,” Officer Jenny called over. “I know you are a spirit pokemon. I am a police officer. I punish the bad guys. Say, would you like to help me and Growlithe catch these bad guys that did this to you? punish them?”
Ash meanwhile, saw that it was a Gengar and began to read up on it.
The Gengar meanwhile, hit Officer Jenny with a Confuse Ray and began to move back into the trees.
Poor Officer Jenny's eyes were left spiraling like mad, as she reeled from the Ghost Power!
Leaving the 'Scene of the Crime' the team climbed up over the rubble and into the tower through the open breach on the southeast side.
A large circular well of roaring fire occupied the center of the chamber. Blazing brilliantly, it sent dark smoke rolling across the ceiling and out through the hole in the southeast wall. Cobweb-choked vents along the outside parts of the ceiling appeared to have once been used to channel smoke out of the room, though the current damage to the tower had made them obsolete.
A spiraling stone staircase in the south wall wound up some sixty feet and disappeared through the ceiling above, allowing access to the second floor.
“Pika pika pi! (I'm here!)” Pikachu shouted, running up the stairs.
“This is Officer Jenny speaking,” Officer Jenny shouted as she entered; “If there are any bad guys here, I calmly bid you to surrender with your hands up. Thank you.”
“Pika pika pi! (Come on all! Quickly, the stars are almost right!)” Pikachu called to the group, motioning to come up the stairs.
Ash began to follow Pikachu, then stopped; “Wait wha? What about the stars, Pikachu?”
Nurse Joy and Misty moved up the stairs as well.
“Pika pika pika pi (Dunno, they mentioned that the stats were almost right),” Pikachu replied to Ash.
“They?” Ash aked, confused.
“Pika (Well okay, maybe only one),” Pikachu conceded.
“Who's been talking to you Pikachu?” Brock asked, as Geodude floated by his side. “And why did you shock me out there?”
“Pika pi (I dunno).” Pikachu said, shrugging. “Pika pika Pikachu (Maybe I shocked you, since I didn't like what was happening. We shouldn't beat up pokemon to catch them, I think. I had an epiphany.)”
“What? But beating up pokemon for the good of friendship and happiness has always been the way things have been done! Without it the pokemon would hate us all, you see how we're always attacked by them when we leave the towns...”
“Pika pi. Pikachu pika pi! (I will change all of that. Woot woot!)” Pikachu cheered.
“Well, if you can really do that, then I guess we should... but maybe we should wait until you actually succeed in doing it before letting ourselves get pounded by various wild pokemon?”
“Oh, and... how have you been talking to anyone? We've been alone the entire time.”
“Pika pika pika pi pi pi (Dunno) ” Pikachu replied, shrugging.
“Maybe a psychic pokemon?” Brock wondered aloud.
Being on the stairs, talking down to the rest meanwhile, Pikachu spotted something odd in the flaming well - it looked like there might be a Firestone lying on the bottom of it (which was only three feet deep).
Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny also happened to notice the Firestone among the flames, when they reached the step Pikachu was waiting on.
Nurse Joy ignored the Firestone, having no need for it and more pressing matters on her mind.
“Pika pi? (Wonder why it's there...)” Pikachu wondered aloud, as he continued on up with Nurse Joy.
“Wonder why what's there, pikachu?” Brock asked, following.
Officer Jenny however, hurried back down the stairs to the fire well. “OH, I NEED THAT!!!” She said as she went.
‘If it is indeed a firestone, I can use it on Growlithe!’ she thought excitedly.
“Stay away from that stone, let me inspect it!” She the announced loudly.
“Wait, what stone?” Ash asked, failing to notice it. “I'd watch out Officer Jenny, the well is on fire!”
“Officer Jenny, let my geodude get it!” Brock offered, “He's the only one here who can fly - and who's also resistant to fire.”
Looking down into the fire, Officer Jenny could see that there most definitely was a Firestone in the well of flames.
“Make sure to give me the stone after Brock…” Officer Jenny smiled towards him.
“Sure thing Officer Jenny!” Brock replied, “Geodude, get the rock for Officer Jenny please. Mind the fire.”
In spite of being resistant to fire, Goedude was scorched, fishing the Firestone out of the well. His hands were smoking, when he finally brought it over to Officer Jenny.
Meanwhile, some cryptic words suddenly appeared at the bottom of the fire well in flickering green flame:
'That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange eons even death may die. R’Lyeh, PikaChulu, Fatagn!'
'Yes! Yes!!! The time is almost nigh!' the Voice in Pikachu's head exalted excitedly.
“Woah, what's that...” Brock gapes, “Does it say... Pikachulu?”
Brock then gestured for his Geodude to hand the Firestone to Officer Jenny, while looking worriedly at Pikachu.
“Hey Nurse Joy,” he continued, “my Geodude looks hurt, could you get your Chancy to heal him a bit?”
“Of course,” Nurse Joy answered simply and set Chancy to work wrapping Geodude’s hands.
“Oh, thank you Brock!” Officer Jenny smiled genuinely, as she took the firestone from Geodude.
“Growlithe, I choose you!” She called out, and gave Growlithe the Firestone, so he could evolve into the pseudo-legendary Arcanine!
The Firestone worked as advertised!
Officer Jenny was now the proud new owner of Arcanine!
Climbing up the stairs, the team found the second floor of the tower empty, except for another spiraling stone staircase on the opposite side that went up another sixty feet, before disappearing into the ceiling above.
Strange chanting could be heard echoing down the spiral staircase, though it is too far away to be intelligible at this point.
Part of the floor along the southeast side of the chamber had also collapsed into the tower breach, creating a dangerous drop to the first floor.
“HEY HO SILVER, AWAAAAAAAY!” Officer Jenny shouted out, as she climbed up on Arcanine’s back.
“Arcanine, let's check out that noise!” She said with a pat on his neck.
Officer Jenny and Arcanine then strode majestically across the room - and were unceremoniously pin-cushioned with a machinegun-like barrage of paralyzing darts that shot from scowling face-sconces in the upper corners of the room.
Officer Jenny and Arcanine were both hit and paralyzed, ending up a twitching mess in the middle of the room.
“Gah, c'mon Officer Jemmy...” Ash grunted, annoyed. “Alright, guys, what now?”
“Pika pi Pikachu... (Dammit Officer... Ugh.)” Pikachu sighed.
‘So, my godhood is coming up when I go up the next stair set?’ Pikachu then asked the voice in his head.
'They await you at the top of the stairs', the voice replied in Pikachu's mind - 'The ceremony has already begun. Hurry.'
‘Anymore traps? Can't have your god paralyzed like that, after all,’ Pikachu pointed out.
‘Your god doesn't like running.’ >:( Pikachu sents out in his mind, running forward, quickly.
A hail of paralyzing darts rained down at Pikachu - but the small yellow pokemon easily dodged them all and scampered across the room.
Once near the far stairs, the rain of darts stopped. It appeared that they only targeted people in the center of the floor.
Officer Jenny and Arcanine meanwhile, had begun drooling. *twitch twitch
“Pika pika pi! (Awesome!)” Pikachu shouted out, raising his fist to the air.
“Pi Ka. (Come on guys! You just gotta run quickly! I gotta go ahead. It's already begun!” He then called to the group, running alone up the stairs.
“Oh dear,” Nurse Joy gasped. “How can we get past these darts? I wonder what is at the top of the tower.”
“Brock? Why don't you have Geodude break those dart sconces? They shouldn't be able to pierce him.”
“Nah, Geodudes aren't immune to poison,” Brock replied, “and the darts can still get through their skin enough to give them a good dose.”
“Oh wait, I know!” Brock then declared, pulling out a large surfboard that could be held overhead to stop the storm of darts. “This should help a bit!”
“… You were carrying that the whole time?!?” Misty exclaimed, looking at Brock and his surfboard skeptically.
“Boys.” She said, rolling her eyes.
“Ok, here goes nothing...” Brock said, ignoring Misty’s point and taking off at a run, hoping to make it through the paralyze dart storm in one piece.
Running with his board overhead, Brock made it to the other side unharmed - though the same could not be said of the surfboard, which was now bristling with darts.
As this went on, Pikachu neared the top of the spiral staircase, where he spotted a lever of some kind on the wall. Currently, the lever was in the 'up' position.
‘It puts the lotion on its skin, then it pulls the lever down. Pikachu thought madly.
Brock, realizing that Officer Jenny and the Arcanine were still trapped out in the middle of the floor then went back for them - ordering Geodude to drag the two as he held the surfboard up, rescuing the foolish trainer and owner.
He found (since Pikachu had just pulled down the lever) that the trap was no longer functioning.
Everyone was then able to walk right across unharmed.
As for Offer Jenny and Arcanine, Nurse Joy had what they needed to free them from paralysis. She revived Acanine with Paralysis Heal, then figured she could use Antidote on Officer Jenny - as it was from a 'poison' dart. The logic seems to hold up, and Officer Jenny was also revived.
“Thank you Nurse Joy!” Officer Jenny said, as she dusted herself off. Growlithe added “Rawrie! (Thank you!)” as he licked Nurse Joy's face.
The stairs awaited.
Tired of waiting for his fellows, Pikachu ran up ahead, impatient for his godhood.
Ash meanwhile, had a sudden (almost overwhelming) curiosity about what a poison dart might taste like and picked one up to give it a closer look...
“NO ASH, DON'T DO IT!” Brock tackled Ash, knocking the dart out of Ash's hand.
Ash stared at Brock for a couple of moments in silence, before suddenly leaping at him, trying to grab Brock's arm to taste it again.
“WHY MUST YOU CONSTANTLY PLACE YOUR TONGUE UPON ME?!” Brock shrieked out dramatically.
‘AND WHY MUST OTHERS NOT?!?’ He lamented morosely, looking at Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy.
After jerking his arm out of Ash's mouth, Brock directed, “C'mon guys, Pikachu just took off - we need to catch up to the little guy!”
Ash stuck his tongue out at Brock and hissed, his mind not thinking straight. “Alright guys, we should go.”
The group then hurried up the stairs to see where Pikachu had gotten off to.
Waiting for everyone to move on ahead, Ash then decided to pick up some of the darts off the floor. Perhaps he could lick them later, certainly they would taste rather decent.
Some kind of bizarre cult ceremony was in full swing on the third floor!
Under a single electric bulb hanging twenty feet from the ceiling, a congregation of robed and hooded young girls, danced and waved red pompoms around a black alter, carved with odd angles and unearthly designs, on which rested the Pokenomicon!
The cult leader, a young boy wearing a robe emblazoned with a yellow and brown visage of PikaChulu, stood behind the alter leading the girls in a cheerleader-like chant:
“Gimme a Pi, Gimme a Ka, Gimme a Chulu!”
“IA! IA! PikaChulu Fatagn!”
“‘Cause in his house at R’lyeh – Dread PikaChulu waits – dreaming!”
All the while, the girls commented and complained to one another during the chant, to the irritation of the cult leader:
“It doesn’t even rhyme…”
“I think it’s very non-Euclidian…”
“Yeah, squamous even…”
These robes are really cramping my style…”
“How long is this gona take, my feet are killing me!?”
Meanwhile, a telescope at the window, behind the cultists, pointed out towards the ocean, to the nexus from which the great PikaChulu would rise…
When Pikachu and the team came up the stairs, the Cult Leader threw off his hood. It was Gary Oak!
“You’re always a step behind me Ash. Let me clue you in,” he mocked, “I happened to be on Cinnabar Island when the Pokenomicon was found.”
“Using my family connections, I was able to get into Professor Pine’s lab to study it. Seeing the bizarre and powerful new Pokemon it held, I decided that I should be the first Pokemon master to collect them all!”
“And I’m going to start with the most powerful – PikaChulu!”
“Stealing the Pokenomicon from the lab was easy. The fools! Ha! They don’t even suspect it was me!”
“Though I intended to start with the great PikaChulu, all this chanting has changed my Nine Tales – for the better. Let me introduce him to you!”
At this point, the shadows in one corner of the chamber suddenly lifted off the floor, like smoke, and congeal into a hideous mongrel form – a Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos!
The sight of the monster shook the very foundation of everyone's soul – there was something primordial and cyclopean about it that raked across the fibers and sinews of one's sanity!
Pikachu was unfazed by it, but the voice in his head was now a roaring river of power!
'NOW! STAND UPON THE ALTER AND TAKE YOUR PLACE AMONG THE GODS!'
Ash meanwhile, had his Licking Compulsion jolted into the stratosphere! In fact, he wasn’t going to be able to do anything other than head over to the Altar right now - where he’d have to figure a way to break off a chunk. Fine Cthulhu Altars like this cannot be licked. They must be chewed and savored!
Misty was shaken and began to see the spirits of all the dead Pokemon that have ever been, swirling around her in the air. There was so many of them, that she was barely able to distinguish anything else around her!
Brock's impaired vision actually came in handy here, buffering him a bit from what he is seeing - though what he could hear was rather disturbing.
Nurse Joy just steeled herself and accepted that whatever was going on, she didn't really understand it. As such, her psyche managed to hold itself together pretty well.
Officer Jenny seemed to be hit the hardest - perhaps not having been fully over her last bit of psychosis. She developed a sudden and acute sense of how unstable the tower they were in really was (manifesting as a nearly debilitating fear of heights).
“This is wrong Gary, you can't do this to pokemon,” Brock proclaimed, “you can't turn them into these evil, mindless creatures, you can't destroy the power of friendship!”
Nurse Joy frowned and scolded Gary as well; “Gary Oak! Stop what you're doing this instant! Do you have any idea how terrible these pokemon must feel!”
Nurse Joy then turned to Chansey and directed her to use Bubblebeam on the poor mutated pokemon, so that it couldn't hurt anyone.
Misty meanwhile panicked - looking at all the dead pokemon, but managed to throw out a pokeball – before running to a corner and getting into the fetal position
“Starmie!! Use surf and get rid of all these ghosts! Kyaaa!!”
“Why in the name of pokemon did you build this tower so high!?” Jenny shouted, still riding Arcanine.
“Fire blast! Hit those weird people! Gary, you're under arrest!”
“Bulbasaur...” Ash said in a dazed moan, “Use vine whip to break off a piece of that delicious altar...”
‘I need this... I will find the flavor that is better than java beans!’
“Pika CHUUUUUU (I SHALL RISE!!!)” Pikachu shouted in the meantime, running towards the alter, sending a lightning shock at everyone standing in his way.
About eight of the twelve cheerleaders were fried by Pikachu’s Thunder Shock – falling over with super frizzy hair and smoke coming from their ears. The rest of them shrieked in panic and rushed over to Brock to team-bludgeon him with their pompoms in rage.
Brock wasn’t sure whether to be offended that they would all attack him or if he just really liked it…
Gary meanwhile, ignored all this. Seeing Pikachu hop up on the altar, he began casting some kind of spell and Pikachu felt a rush of euphoric power surging into him!
‘This is it! Take your rightful place as GOD of this world!’ the voice in Pikachu’s head anounced with heady glee!
Chansy then Bubblebeamed the Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos and slowed it down a bit, as it slipped around on the leftover soap bubbles.
Starmie, following Misty’s orders, Surfed a bunch of Cheerleaders right off their feet. Gary Oak was unfazed by it however and finished his spell.
At that point, Pikachu felt rather odd, but nothing unusual appeared to have happening, yet…
As all went on, Bulbasuar Vine-Whipped off a chunk of the Altar and handded it to Ash, who chompped down on it with great gusto!
Shivers went up and down Ash’s spine, at how incredibly awful it tasted – as if he was sucking melted chocolate ice cream through polyester!
Geodude, waiting for Starmie to use surf first, then used Seismic Toss on Gary, but missed!
Arcanine’s Fire Blast erupted forth, catching Gary, the Cheerleaders, and Brock in the conflagration!
The remaining Cheerleaders were charred black and fell over with plus/plus eyes (+.+)!
Brock and Gary were both singed badly, but remained standing!
The Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos meanwhile, Fire Blasted everyone else (not standing next to him or Pikachu)!
The incredible blast fried poor Bulbasaur and Pikachu’s Scyther – now both (+.+) as well; while Starmie, Geodude, and Arcanine only took half damage.
Sadly, Offer Jenny and Nurse Joy were BURNED – crisping up like sizzling bacon and finding it very painful make even the slightest of movement.
Then, from above, everyone heard a loud thump - and the tower swayed unsteadily for a moment - as Team Rocket landed its patched-up Meowth balloon on the roof…
Jessie: “It’s a balloon, how could you land it so hard?!?”
James: “I don’t think this building is safe.”
Jessie: “Then we better hurry. Get going!”
“NOOOOOOO, ALL THOSE PRETTY CHEERLEADEEEEEEEEERRS!” Brock cried.
Brock then downed a soda pop and went to smash the Ninetails with a rock, yelling - “Geodude, use Rockslide on Ninetails and then Bodyslam on Ninetails if he's still conscious! If not, then Bodyslam Gary! If you can, then use Rockslide on Pikachu! He has to be stopped, he's gone crazy with power!”
“Pikachu? (Huh?)” Pikachu asked out loud, yet actually talking to the voice in his head, as he tilted his head in disappointment.
“Pika pika Pikachu? (Where's Mah GODHOOD?)” Pikachu queried.
“Arcanine, toast Gary!” Officer Jenny commanded Arcanine; “Brock, watch out! GO GO EVERYONE!” She yelled out, to boost their moral!
“Time for some police brutality!” She said, heading toward Gary with her nightstick.
Ash's eyes went wide at his fainted Bulbasaur. “WHAT THE FARK OFFICER JENNY?!?! YOU KILLED MY BULBASAUR YOU CRAZY TRIGGER-HAPPY BITCH!”
His ears cringed at Piakchu's rebellious, wacky pika-peeing, as he pointed at him, “AND YOU! FIRK IT PIKACHU! WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOU??? WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE FRIENDS, NOT GODS!”
And the future Pokemon master then smells Gary; “DAMMIT MAN, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR POKEMON?!?! WHAT THE FARK IS GOING ON?”
Misty, still in the corner, desperately tried to pat the lingering fire off of her.
“Ouch, it's hot! Starmie! Stop that thing! Use surf!”
Brock was alarmed to see that his rock attack passed right through the mutated Nine-tails, as if the horrifying creature was made of pure shadow!
The Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos meanwhile, used Quick Attack to chomp Brock around the neck and shakes him like a ragdoll!
As this went on, Gary grabbed the Pokenomicon off the altar and threw out a pokeball. “Pidgeotto – get me the hell out of here!”
Pidgeotto appeared and hopped over to Gary. It looked like it was going to try to taking Gary out the window!
Geodude then slammed a Rockslide down hard on the Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos, but the foul beast was still up! At Officer Jenny’s rally, Geodude followed up with a Body Slam on Gary – knocking the shit out of him!
Gary wobbled a moment, but then managed to shake off the KO.
Not finished, Geodude also threw a Rockslide on Pikachu – but the lightning quick Pokemon easily Dodged it.
Pikachu meanwhile, suddenly sprouted a stubby little mustache of eight short yellow tentacles from his face. And that’s all that happened… nothing more…
‘Huh… I guess the stars were not right after all…’ the voice in Pikachu’s head said with a sigh and was then gone. It did seem to have left something in its place however – a new Pokepower of some kind…
Up above, Team Rocket poked their head in through a trap door in the ceiling.
“Prepare for trouble, and make it double…” then, after looking at Pikachu – “Waaaaaaah?!?”
Team Rocket slowly pulled back, closed the trapdoor, and scurried back to their balloon.
While this happened, Officer Jenny commanded Arcanaine to toast Gary again, but Arcanine just cocked his head and looked at her like she was stupid or something.
That didn’t stop Officer Jenny from marching over to Gary however, and administering a well-deserved beating with her nightstick – which was just enough to take him out! (+.+)
Yelling blindly and salivating, Ash Ketchum meanwhile, threw two handfuls of paralytic darts at the Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos – hitting it with at least a dozen of them! Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be effected in the least by whatever poison might still be on the darts.
Then Starmie to used Surf on the Nine-Tailed Hound of Tindalos. A massive wave of water crashed into the terrible creature – not only leveling the beast (+.+) – but knocking it right through the weakened wall of the tower and to the ground 120 feet below! The thing was completely pancaked on the ground and evaporated back into wispy shadow.
At that, the tower abruptly creaked over – straining the timber supports! Then blocks started falling out of the southeast wall and the support timbers began to pop and snap!
The tower was collapsing!
“PiiiKaaaChuuu! (Ouch, mah stomach hurts!)” The mustached Pikachu shouted, in a deep, deep, voice, sending out a Thunder Shock at Gary, before farting.
It then (and it certainly deserved to be called an it) climbed up the wall, belched, and attempted to enter the trapdoor in the roof.
“Ok Geodude,” Brock directed, “snatch the pokenomicon from Gary and toss it to me!”
Misty, realizing that they could all die any minute, threw out Psyduck from his pokeball.
Shaking the poor creature violently she shrieked – “KYYYYAAAA!!! GET US OUT OF HERE STARMIE AND PSYDUCK!”
“I DONT WANT TO DIE IN THIS SCARY TOWER!!”
Meanwhile, Nurse Joy and Chansey continued to try to treat the injuries of those there, unable to come up with their own plan to escape.
“Bah... Punish lawbreakers… Bah!” Officer Jenny babbled incoherently.
“Arcanine, do whatever it takes to stop Pidgeotto! We can’t let him escape with the Pokenomicon and Gary!”
Ash's eyes continued to go wide, “Pikachu? What's going on?” Biting his lip, he pulled his hat back, and recalled Bulbasaur into his pokeball. “Come back Bulbasaur...”
Pikachu’s Thunder Shock meanwhile, refried Gary’s beans and caught the Pidgeotto in it too. At this point, Gary was also set alight and started burning – while the Pidgeotto was Paralyzed and fell over twitching.
Pikachu scampered up through the trapdoor in the ceiling and saw Team Rocket fleeing across the roof of the wobbling tower toward their Meowth-Head Ballooon.
When they saw Pikachu’s tentacled face pop up from below, they screamed in terror and start running even faster!
In the Tower meanwhile, Geodude grabbed the Pokenomicon in one hand and Brock in the other. It then leapt out the window and glided very steeply to the ground away from the tower. The two of them made it to the tree line – as indicated by the resounding face-plant Brock did on the trunk of a gnarled oak at the bottom!
As this went on, Psyduck just tilted its head at Misty’s panicked screams, with a confused look on its face.
Meanwhile, Nurse Joy and Chansy were overwhelmed, trying to treat all the horrible injuries of the poor double-roasted Cheerleeders.
Officer Jenny ordered Arcanine to stop Gary, and once again Arcanine just looked at her and sighed heavily. It then tugged gently on her skirt, as if saying ‘ we need to get out of here now.’
Ash ran toward Gary, but was distracted by the foul tasting altar – his mind unable to comprehend that is didn’t taste fabulous, like he expected – so he hesitated just to get a few more licks in…
And then with a huge explosion of fracturing stone and splintering wood, the southeast side of the tower suddenly buckled!
Inside, it was too late for Ash, Misty, Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny – as well as all the wounded and their Pokemon. They were all buried in piles and piles of stone, taking hundreds and hundreds of points of Damage and unquestioningly needing a full body cast after that (should anyone ever bother to dig them all out).
Up above meanwhile, Team Rocket cowered in one side of their balloon basket, while Tentacled Pikachu sat in the other. Apparently, they all managed to jump in at just the last second.
“Please don’t eat out beautiful brains!” they wailed in tears – “We never really wanted to capture you! It was all just a misunderstanding!”
Down below, Brock eventually regained consciousness and saw the collapsed tower. It was a smoking pile of rubble with broken arms and legs and other mangled limbs sticking out. It was going to take a long time to dig out his friends – but at least he had Geodude’s help.
At least he’d stopped Gary’s evil plan and recovered the Pokenomicon. If they were lucky, maybe there was some way to reverse all this madness and restore his Onyx back to normal, as well as Pikachu and the other Pokemon.
After that, who knows...
Maybe they should try to take the cursed thing to Cinnabar Island and throw it in the volcano. After all, that sort of thing always seems to work in the movies.
Brock downed a potion, pulled up his sleeves, and then looked to Geodude.
“Looks like we've got some work to do buddy”
In the balloon basket above, Pikachu declared, “Pika pika pika pi! (I'm gonna be a Pokemon master! But first... Brains...)”
However, before eating poor Team Rockets' brains, Pikachulu took out the delicious fortune cookie he had been carrying around this entire time, and opened it – ready to devour it after reading the small paper.
The Fortune Cookie read: “The stars are not right.”
Pikachu foamed at the mouth, and Squamous Blasted Team Rocket in annoyance.
“TEAM ROCKET BLASTING OFF AGAIN!!!”
Actually it was a CYS forum game. I was Brock, Killa was nurse Joy, Daedalus was officer Jenny,Aman was Pikachu, and I think Tan was Ash. Oh, and Aeon was Misty?