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Spectacles

Rule Maker
Team Alpha
Pokédex No.
139
Caught
Jun 24, 2019
Messages
929
Location
Pennsylvania
Nature
Jolly
Pronouns
she/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
It hides deep inside caves where no light ever reaches it and remains virtually motionless there. ~Pokemon Crystal, entry #52
One we will solve next time by taking on an HM specialist!
I love the term HM specialist! I use the term HM Guide myself :)
There’s no strategy here, we’re really just sending in babies to wail on each other
I love this description both with and without context
It’s not sexy or exciting, but it does the job! Once again, LG is our superhero ❤️
Lava Girl and her counter strat is totally sexy and exciting!! Safety and success is cool~
Anybody who’s giving me Surf never has to apologize for a thing 💙
TRUE THOUGH. Best HM. That no one can learn apparently :/
 

ponibutts

nerd
Artist
Pokédex No.
3970
Caught
Mar 6, 2021
Messages
98
Nature
Rash
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Ghost
I sometimes called the hm mons "hm hogs" since the "bad" hms would inevitably end up all smooshed to one mon. so they're hogging all the hm moves...

although I played a LOT of storm silver, which changed 3 hms to be better. (maybe more, but can't remember right away) cut and rock smash were made 60bp, cut changed to grass, and strength changed to rock. idk about the type change to strength, but definitely agree cut should be grass.
 

songwithnosoul

Conqueror of the Ecruteak Gym
Pokédex No.
657
Caught
Aug 11, 2019
Messages
293
Location
A lovely winter dream
Nature
Gentle
Pronouns
they/them/their
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
  2. Ghost
I love the entire story in Torchic’s shoplifting adventures XD Lil guy’s an investor, shoplifting equipment for further shoplifting! Chu loves ya, wee guy, we’ll try and get to OmegaRuby just for you ❤️
Aww. The little fella would be a great sidekick to this iteration of Chu, funny enough. I imagine that Chu won't still be a crime boss by the time OmegaRuby rolls around, but I'm interested to see what she will become!

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…we’re tearing up our dad’s gym to get that Surf HM waiting on the other side.
Oh yes, you do have pretty much the perfect wall to put up against normal-types! It's Marvin's chance to shine! Good for him. Just hope nobody's packing fighting-type moves!

I feel like, if you wanna show off healspam, you don’t wanna pick the Pokemon that can’t do anything every other turn, because that lil guy ain’t spamming shit
Poor baby :<

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It’s sweet that you’re all fans. He better be worthy of that loyalty.
I like how Chu's evaluating this from the perspective of being a boss herself... though of a different kind. Oh no, does this mean all of the gym trainers are Norman simps

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Okay, I’m in favour of this Wigglytuff sprite, they’ve finally got the ratio of eyes-to-face down to a less terrifying size, and the 83 face is pretty dang cute.
Oh my god the cat mouth. Thank you so much for pointing that out, it warms my heart.

It’s not who lands the first punch, it’s who lands the last one. Which is usually the dude literally made of steel.
Wise words.

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I’ve been exclusively using Marvin because I would’ve really liked to evolve him into Lairon before facing Norman, but he’ll probably be fine as is.
You got so close, too! That's a shame. But he seems to be doing just fine so far!

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Wow, way to sound like you always believed in me, old man
I suspect that he was less expecting her to fail and more expecting that she'd have been arrested by now. Which goes to show how little he knows his own daughter, if he thinks she'd be that sloppy.

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For this dude, I would like to break down some of that massive defense…
Hooray for Lava-Girl's encore! Glad to see her back doing what she does best: nerfing the shit out of gym leaders' aces!

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…buuuut it looks like I’ll want to only attack on the off turns and heal on the attacking turns!
Ouch! But that's why I'm glad you put so much planning into this!

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Alternately fucking with defense and accuracy is the name of the game here!
Good stuff!

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Thank fuck he doesn’t have two Slaking anymore
Yet another third-version improvement that they didn't bring into the remakes >:(

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He can’t even. He has lost the ability to can.
Hahaha

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Yeah I will not be coming back here in this game. Thanks dad, love ya, bye!
I didn't recognize Wally's father at first and almost had some scathing words for Norman letting his ten-year-old daughter walk off with the likes of Scott.

Anybody who’s giving me Surf never has to apologize for a thing 💙
But letting her walk into parts unknown with a nice man who gives her Surf, on the other hand? Truly supportive of her Trainer career.

And also I'm glad that Chu and Norman's final meeting went well, with no deaths or "friendly" conversations about not talking to the media (again).

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…this is a problem, though.
;~;

One we will solve next time by taking on an HM specialist! I would like to see the fandom drift away from the term HM slave, since it can be kinda uncomfy for some folk, and also because I agree with Lois:
Yeah, completely agreed. That phrase is Not Cool and respectfully acknowledging the important roles they play on the team is 100% better than making shitty jokes about slavery.

So that said, is there a particular Pokemon you tend to seek out when you need an HM specialist? Do you have particular favourites for different HMs?
I like to slap Fly and Surf on Pelipper if Wingull are available. It's just convenient to have the two most prominent HMs on the same 'mon, and Pelipper is a decent 'mon to boot! Plus, Surf is just genuinely a good move.

(I also briefly had a Hydreigon with Surf and Fly once, because none of my League team had Fly and I couldn't be bothered to walk from my house to the nearest Pokémon Centre. Obviously I had her on my team as a battler and got rid of Fly ASAP, but the idea of somebody painstakingly raising a Deino up to level 64 just so it could know two HMs at once is hilarious to me.)
 
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SayleeK

SayleeK

Johto League Champion
Writer
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
260
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
2,046
Location
Scrivener
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
Between long periods of dormant slumber, this writer rises again for periods of activity that leave piles of dead fictional Pokemon in their wake
Hey lads, I am having a truly fabulous time rn, a power surge killed my laptop charger and might have killed my laptop, and I don't have the money to replace either! And I can't work without my laptop! Trying to get the DWP to help me out but it's slow going, so it might be a while until I can update again 🙃 Thanks in advance for your patience, watch this space
 

bhelryss

rose cultivator
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
4768
Caught
Jul 7, 2021
Messages
1,037
Location
in the sunshine
Nature
Gentle
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Grass
  2. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
this pokemon can be found encouraging plant growth in other people's gardens, but can be territorial about the resulting blooms
D: oof

sorry to hear about that, that's really rough
 

Green Tea

Conqueror of the Violet Gym
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
5195
Caught
Jan 15, 2022
Messages
197
Location
England
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Poison
Pokédex Entry
Considered bitter by many.
This is rough going! I'd be lost without my laptop.

Good luck getting it sorted.
 

Nebbles

avid jrpg liker and kisser of cute girls
Writer
Pokédex No.
1139
Caught
Dec 3, 2019
Messages
607
Location
drowning in wips, send help
Nature
Jolly
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
  1. Ghost
  2. Cute
Pokédex Entry
This writer spends many hours toiling over her endless pile of fics while being surrounded by snacks. If you approach her, she'll share them with you!
Oh nooo! I hope everything works out soon :( I'm so sorry to hear that.
 
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SayleeK

SayleeK

Johto League Champion
Writer
Screenshotter
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
260
Caught
Jul 1, 2019
Messages
2,046
Location
Scrivener
Nature
Careful
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Fire
  2. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
Between long periods of dormant slumber, this writer rises again for periods of activity that leave piles of dead fictional Pokemon in their wake
Me: DWP? Can I have a small advance on my UC money to get a new laptop charger and battery?
DWP: The laptop you need for work, right?
Me: Yeeeeesssssssss
Me: -First uses the laptop to meme on collapsing Tories and assassinated ethnonationalists, then to post Pokemon guff, like a boss-

This has been our diversion down Oldmeme Lane, now on to your regularly scheduled bullshit

@Nebbles The fact that you can fill Linoone and Bibarel’s movesets with HMs is amazing, but also makes me feel bad for the lil guys and how often they get entrapped in that fate XP


@Green Tea Bibarel is a good boy and a hard worker and we love ‘em for it!


@reshishigas I feel you on wanting to poke around every corner of the map, there’s so much hidden stuff! This is why I’ve never gotten near completing the plot in Breath of the Wild, I got random mountains to climb just to see if I can, dammit XD


@xdes71nyx Bidoof does his best and we should all respect that more


@Time Master Eon When I get to plan a team, I do tend to want to have folk on board who can use HM moves for STAB power (like Snorlax for Strength), but since I don’t get to pick and choose here, gotta pick someone who can cover my bases!


@bhelryss Huh, I never thought about Quagsire, but since Gen II does have three water HMs, plus that funky dude can definitely learn Strength…


@Spectacles HM Guide, d’awww! You know what, you’re right, LG is the sexiest for being safe and reliable <3


@ponibutts With my attachment to envisioning Cut as a Really Big Knife, my gut instinct is that it should be Steel XD


@songwithnosoul Given Norman’s dojo setup, now I’m stuck imagining one of those Japanese martial arts movies where the main dude’s gotta fight through the traditional-style Yakuza HQ, with themed goons in every room ready to fight to defend the Big Boss...Hey Norman, you don’t have any tattoos, do ya?
Slaking’s Ability is terrible when you’re actually trying to use one, but it’s definitely a necessary nerf to make it at all possible to fight ‘em—their base stats are literally god-tier and anytime one gets an ability swap of some sort, they are fucking TERRIFYING, I don’t know if even LG could survive that DX
Norman continues to be Chu’s only dad, so I’m glad we can part on positive terms <3
sadgfdsfd just imagining somebody raising up a whole-ass Hydreigon just to be an HM specialist… amazing, that’d probably have pro trainers frothing at the mouth, I love it XD

Hello and welcome back to my Emerald nostalgialocke! Last time, we picked up our fifth badge and, even more importantly, Surf! Unfortunately, I have nobody who can learn it, so…

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…oh. The range of places I can go to is even more restricted than I thought. Hmmm.

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But I still have some options, and while looking for one, Marvin finally evolves! He’s no longer babey, but he’s still my baby <3

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Right, HM specialist acquired! I might be able to get a team member proper soon, unless all I encounter on these sea routes are Tentacool…

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Surf’s up!

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I’ll spare you nine different pictures of Tentacool, but eventually we do run into a real Hoenn classic!

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Been a loooong time since I’ve used one of these wee guys, but hey, at least I have a flier now!

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So my thought process was: seagull->screaming->Malcolm Tucker of In The Thick of It. I’m pretty sure that show’s not quite rated for 13-year-olds but jesus god did it have me pissing myself laughing. Malcolm Tucker is easily Peter Capaldi’s angriest, and one of his most iconic, roles, the ultimate amoral PR man full of wrath only seeking a direction (teh show never explicitly states which parties The Party and The Opposition are, but it's pretty clear that Tucker's working for the Tories). I don’t think there’s ever been a better description of the UK government than “a fucking omnishambles” (9th June 2022 addition: ESPECIALLY NOW, GODDAMN), and the bit in the movie where he’s having a breakdown, walks into a coworker’s office to hear him listening to opera, and screams “IT’S JUST VOWELS! SUBSIDIZED FOREIGN VOWELS!” lives in my head rent-free

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Popped back to the box to nab him—he can’t learn Surf, so I’ve gotta keep Cowabunga around, but Marvin deserves a wee holiday—and he’s looking fairly solid to start. Thank fuck Wing Attack turns up in movepools way earlier in Hoenn.

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And for going to pick him up, we’re almost immediately rewarded with an evolution into Pelipper! Look at the size of that gub!

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Nothing interesting happened here this time, thank fuck. Introduced Suze to Dewey’s ghost, picked up a cracking TM, moving along

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A new Trick House challenge means another HM for Lava-Girl! Sorry, LG, you’re still the best choice for this one.

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Okay, I’ll actually say I’m impressed if it was the Trick Master himself shoving all those boulders in and he didn’t need a Pokemon to do it for him.

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Right, on to… oooh, yeah, another sideplot that promises a good TM!

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Gonna need Cowabunga back to Surf us out, though, so Susan can take a box break.

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Adventure!

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We’ve all got our priorities around here

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That nets me the TM for Thunderbolt…

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And an item that would’ve been WAY more useful to me BEFORE Norman’s gym, smh

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Oh, it won’t be. Not for you.

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Because I had to Surf to get here, I tried to zoom up this route as fast as possible while avoiding as many trainers as I could so I could pop in to the PC in the Weather Institute and retrieve Susan. I’m sure that active terrorist situation can wait until I get back.

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Luckily, I am on my guard, and I exclusively face these wee shites with my tank son up front.

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Awright, a nap, and then the hostage situation

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Running a far more effective criminal enterprise than you simps. Care to join and rob climate change deniers until they can’t afford misinformation campaigns anymore?

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You’re all so ageist. It’s not like it takes a competent adult to handle you lot, if only Hoenn had one.

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It doesn’t have to be like this, babe! We could be working together to sink superyachts!

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Anyway, speaking of so cute it’s disgusting, meet Susan!

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Well, you see, I like not drowning, is the thing. It’s one of my favourite hobbies, right up there with not falling off of cliffs and not burning to death!

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Thanks for the update! I can always count on you simps for a convenient plot signpost!

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You’re alright, mate. I could never replace Storm. Just send me copies of your climate research, particularly anything you’ve been pressured into burying, particularly anything that names and shames the worst offenders amongst the Fortune 500. Don’t ask what for. You want plausible deniability, right?

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Oh yeah, you’re here

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Anyway

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Now I’ve got Fly, he’s fucking off, all is good with the wo—

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FUCK

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Stop fucking creeping!

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…that didn’t come through in the dialogue. He’s annoying as shit, but he is just a kid. Don’t really like this grown adult watching a kid zoom off crying and going “hah, awesome!”

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Oi! And I don’t like your creepy ass going after him, either! Get back in your windowless white van and fuck off!

And yes I realized after playing through this part that Malcolm can learn Surf after evolution, but I didn't at the time, whoops :v During Gen I-II I was able to memorize every Pokemon, their types, their evolution levels and methods, even their entire learnsets... but these days I barely have room in my brain for all 900+ names, never mind any more than that DX That said, a good part of my Special Interest Super Detailed Memory is now devoted to Discworld rather than being an entirely Pokemon zone, so that's fair enough. Anybody else got a Special Interest that they just soak up details about like a sponge and can rattle off incredibly detailed information about off the top of your head? Now's your time! Tell me your favourite funky/interesting details about your SI! No subject tooweird or niche! I love receiving new information! Until next time, thanks for joining me, and haste ye back!
 

Green Tea

Conqueror of the Violet Gym
Screenshotter
Pokédex No.
5195
Caught
Jan 15, 2022
Messages
197
Location
England
Nature
Sassy
Pronouns
She/her
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Poison
Pokédex Entry
Considered bitter by many.
Being called a "kid" over and over irks me, because it does tend to break my suspension of disbelief. The canon is for most Pokémon protagonists to be in their early teens, but even with watching the anime for years, I still see them as being a minimum of 16. Even then, what they do should take months (or years), if only for the logistical issues involved in traipsing an entire region. The reminder that you're just a kid in-game then reminds me that the protagonist isn't some magical, destined, child like so many other RPGs, but allegedly just some normal kid out of Starterville who's crushing the entire region beneath their heel. Even allowing a bit of extra skill/knowledge in Hoenn for the idea of Norman coaching you, it's still not great when you remember that, supposedly, any 10-12 year old could wander the world with incarnate deities/mythological beings by their side if they desire.

TL;DR - realism isn't fun

Special interests? Eh. I've always been told that I should have them, but I don't think I do. There are a number of subjects where I know a bit more than most people, from things like Pokémon and Disney movies through to the super-mundane things like cooking and cleaning. As you want some knowledge, I'll offer up a bit of pub-grade trivia:

Coca-Cola was invented by a morphine-addicted Confederate colonel, who was looking for something to replace his morphine addiction. The original recipe was made with cocaine, kola nuts and French wine, until prohibition was enacted and the latter was removed.

Toothpaste can clean permanent marker stains.

Banana peels can be used to clean/polish leather.

Listerine began life as a surgical-grade antiseptic. To try to make more money, it was then marketed as a floor cleaner. The company then created the idea of "bad breath" in the 1920s, and marketed Listerine as the cure for it. Up to this point, people just accepted breath as it came, rather than needing it to be minty fresh, but the marketing ploy worked, sales went up and now there is both clean/good breath and bad breath.​
 

Nebbles

avid jrpg liker and kisser of cute girls
Writer
Pokédex No.
1139
Caught
Dec 3, 2019
Messages
607
Location
drowning in wips, send help
Nature
Jolly
Pronouns
She/Her
Pokémon Type
  1. Ghost
  2. Cute
Pokédex Entry
This writer spends many hours toiling over her endless pile of fics while being surrounded by snacks. If you approach her, she'll share them with you!
Oooh! I wanna play special interest game! Me! Me!!!! You should hear me talk about Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade, EarthBound, speed running, most Fire Emblem things in general, definitely Pokemon still but mainly gen 1 ridiculousness.... there's so much I can fit inside my brain!!! I'm very lucky my girlfriend loves to listen to me ramble :)
 

bhelryss

rose cultivator
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
4768
Caught
Jul 7, 2021
Messages
1,037
Location
in the sunshine
Nature
Gentle
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Grass
  2. Fairy
Pokédex Entry
this pokemon can be found encouraging plant growth in other people's gardens, but can be territorial about the resulting blooms
nice catch!! wingull are lovely little beans ;o;

i don't really have Special Interests (capital letters), since my neurodivergence doesn't express that way, but i DO have an pretty damn good memory and i love learning

which is devoted, but not limited to,
- fire emblem fe8 [i am the king of magvel hill]
- ffxiv xaela lore [in-game subset of the dragon race]
- terrestrial geology and planetary geology [i had to research ways to terraform mars to be habitable so i know...quite a bit about that now sldkfj]
- rose husbandry
 

songwithnosoul

Conqueror of the Ecruteak Gym
Pokédex No.
657
Caught
Aug 11, 2019
Messages
293
Location
A lovely winter dream
Nature
Gentle
Pronouns
they/them/their
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
  2. Ghost
Me: DWP? Can I have a small advance on my UC money to get a new laptop charger and battery?
DWP: The laptop you need for work, right?
Me: Yeeeeesssssssss
Me: -First uses the laptop to meme on collapsing Tories and assassinated ethnonationalists, then to post Pokemon guff, like a boss-
Haha

@songwithnosoul Given Norman’s dojo setup, now I’m stuck imagining one of those Japanese martial arts movies where the main dude’s gotta fight through the traditional-style Yakuza HQ, with themed goons in every room ready to fight to defend the Big Boss...Hey Norman, you don’t have any tattoos, do ya?
Aww, that's a weirdly heartwarming thought. Maybe they have more in common than the realized!

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But I still have some options, and while looking for one, Marvin finally evolves! He’s no longer babey, but he’s still my baby <3
Oh huh. Aggron can learn Surf, if you can't catch a better candidate before he evolves again. At least there's that.

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Right, HM specialist acquired!
Aww. Love the name!

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I’ll spare you nine different pictures of Tentacool, but eventually we do run into a real Hoenn classic!
Ooh. Good timing, considering I was talking about Pelipper last time! Looks like you did nab a Surfer after all! Nice!

Been a loooong time since I’ve used one of these wee guys, but hey, at least I have a flier now!
That too! They're handy guys, aren't they? Also good battlers, supposing you can keep them away from Magical Leaf. >:(

...In the Middle? No, wait, your Nidoqueen was already named after that show. Damn, that show's older than I thought.

So my thought process was: seagull->screaming->Malcolm Tucker of In The Thick of It.
Oh, okay. That makes sense.

I don’t think there’s ever been a better description of the UK government than “a fucking omnishambles” (9th June 2022 addition: ESPECIALLY NOW, GODDAMN)
That's a hilarious phrase, but also, wishing you the best if luck in October 2023!

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That nets me the TM for Thunderbolt…
Ooh. I wonder who'll be the lucky 'mon this time? Such possibility!

Because I had to Surf to get here, I tried to zoom up this route as fast as possible while avoiding as many trainers as I could so I could pop in to the PC in the Weather Institute and retrieve Susan. I’m sure that active terrorist situation can wait until I get back.
Haha

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Luckily, I am on my guard, and I exclusively face these wee shites with my tank son up front.
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Running a far more effective criminal enterprise than you simps. Care to join and rob climate change deniers until they can’t afford misinformation campaigns anymore?
Man, living the dream. How can anybody resist?

You’re alright, mate. I could never replace Storm. Just send me copies of your climate research, particularly anything you’ve been pressured into burying, particularly anything that names and shames the worst offenders amongst the Fortune 500. Don’t ask what for. You want plausible deniability, right?
I also like this plan! And with so many criminals rampaging around the place they can even claim that the research was stolen, to strengthen that deniability further!

Oh yeah, you’re here

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Anyway
Hah

I love the sinister lightning-flash lighting you've captured here. Appropriately sinister for a scene which forces you to interact with Brendan and Scott.

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…that didn’t come through in the dialogue. He’s annoying as shit, but he is just a kid. Don’t really like this grown adult watching a kid zoom off crying and going “hah, awesome!”
Ugh. Why does this guy continue to be so awful?

And yes I realized after playing through this part that Malcolm can learn Surf after evolution, but I didn't at the time, whoops :v
Oh well. At least Cowabunga got to rack up more billable hours that way!

Anybody else got a Special Interest that they just soak up details about like a sponge and can rattle off incredibly detailed information about off the top of your head? Now's your time! Tell me your favourite funky/interesting details about your SI! No subject tooweird or niche! I love receiving new information!
I tend to go through a lot of special interests (or maybe hyperfixations would be the better term? IDK. There's a lot of arguments about the difference between the two) but I have a lifelong interest in animals that occasionally crosses over into special interest territory. I already got a bit infodumpy when I was talking about pet snakes and my criteria for which ones I'd want to own back in the FireRed run, so to change tack, here's an interesting facet of cat genetics!

I don't know how obscure this even is--I once thought it was common knowledge, but then people I mention it to tend not to know so maybe my childhood reading every fiction and nonfiction book about animals I could get my hands on skewed my perspective a bit. Anyway, the genes for cat fur colour is carried on the X chromosome, and there are basically two types of gene: orange (which also covers shades of red and yellow) and non-orange (which covers the darker colours). Tortoiseshell cats are what happen when a cat with two X chromosomes inherits one orange and one non-orange gene: both genes express themselves and become mixed up, resulting in the splotchy bicolour patterns. Calico (AKA tortoiseshell-and-white) cats come from a similar process, since their white fur isn't really an inherited gene so much as the "default" coat colour showing through. I just think it's interesting because calico and tortoiseshell are really the only cat coat colours that aren't inherited straight from parent to child, but rather are created from the interaction of both parents' genes. It's neat!

And also on the the subject of cat coat colours, cats with the "point" colouration (think like Siamese cats) are born white and change colour after birth. These cats basically have heat-activated partial albinism suppressing the "true" colour of their coat, and while they stay warm inside the uterus, after birth their extremities get colder than the core of their body, which is why pointed cats typically have darker faces, paws and tails. There are a number of cat breeds known for their point colouration, including Himalayans and Ragdolls as well as Siamese, and while these breeds tend to have standards that only allow for cats with brown, grey, and maybe orange fur, colourpoint cats can come in all shades of the cat coat rainbow, including calico/tortoiseshell! And also they can be tabbies! Aren't cat genetics cool?
 
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SayleeK

Johto League Champion
Writer
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260
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Between long periods of dormant slumber, this writer rises again for periods of activity that leave piles of dead fictional Pokemon in their wake
@Green Tea It’s always worth remembering that, if you’re over 11 or so, you’re not the primary target audience of Pokemon… but kids hate being called “kid” like that by adults, too. Kids can tell when they’re being condescended to and they fuckin hate it—I mean, who doesn’t? A lot of kids I know would go hunt down a god and put it in their pocket out of sheer spite if they could XD
I knew Coca-Cola used to have cocaine, but I didn’t know it used to have wine in it, too… fucking hilarious that the wine was removed before the cocaine XD Prohibition America really had its priorities, huh


@Nebbles I think my favourite thing about this deluge of special interests is that your profile says “physically unable to shut up about octopath” but it doesn’t get any mention here because you have so many other things to talk about XD


@bhelryss I genuinely would like to hear more about terraforming Mars—I heard it’s not as viable as El*n M*sk says it is, but it makes for a damn good game on Steam :P Also all I know about growing roses is that they really like blood and bone meal if you can get it into their soil, which is metal as fuck


@songwithnosoul Aggron is somehow even weirder than the likes of Nidoking and Snorlax for learning Surf… my man is made of solid steel!!!
It is hilariously appropriate that there’s rain and lightning on the route where both Brendan and Scott jump you… the true horror is the assholes that you literally cannot avoid a conversation with DX
Cat genetics are so weird, I love it 👀 Is that why I’ve heard calico cats can only be female, because they need to get those two XX chromosomes? Also idk if you watch Kitten Lady on youtube—she specializes in fostering preemie or sick kittens, and it’s very braingood watching the progress videos she puts up when a kitten’s ready to be adopted, showing them recovering and filling out and playing with her other adopted pets (which aside from several cats includes a pig and I think some ducks). She also does a lot of infomrative videos about rescuing cats, how to handle various kitten illnesses and so on. Always a good way to keep from doomscrolling, her kitten videos ❤️

Hello and welcome back to my Emerald nostalgialocke! Last time, we saved the Weather Institute, kicked Brendan’s ass, and then went to defend him from Scott. This time…

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Strange mysteries on the way to Fortree

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A touch of bomb disposal

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For some reason I find it really annoying that Fortree gets the brick sign? I know the game uses the brick sign for like all other towns and cities, but I think Fortree deserves a wooden one for the aesthetic

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Hey, if you really wanna say what I’m capable of, you should come with the next time I go into a deep, dangerous cave to fight a god!

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Rayquaza, this guy is not

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Just gonna take that and punt Steven into the river because he deserves it

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After fighting a few more lizards, getting some free stuff, and doing some training, how is the team doing?

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No bad! I’m pretty confident with them right now!

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Malcolm’s a cracking addition to the team, and I gave him Ice Beam, so I’m hoping to let that loose a little in Winona’s gym!

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LG continues to be extraordinarily solid, and can offer plenty of sheer power to help out in almost any situation.

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Susan’s moveset is still pretty rubbish, she only really does one thing, but does that one thing extremely well. Time to shine, Wee Sue!

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Obviously I don’t want Suze out there at all in a Flying gym, but just in case, she’s got Shockwave ready to go when needed.

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It’s also probably best for The Doctor to hang back from this one. I’ll get you evolved soon, mate, I swear!

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Marvin’s still the top frontliner for this gym, between also being a tank, heavily resisting Flying moves, and having Rock Tomb. I dearly love him and LG as a tanky combo ❤️

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Got past the doorman no problemo. Any suggestions, NOM?

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Oh hey, look, Marvin, you're in a magazine!

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I can’t tell you why the Bird Keepers continue to give me butch lesbian vibes, they just do

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Anyway, we really did sweep through this gym no problem, let’s get right to simping for Wino—I mean simply winning that badge!

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Tiny bird bab down!

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Tropius is one of those Pokemon that has such a cool and unique concept that I really wish I saw it more, but it’s so rare and shows up relatively late in the game so it’s almost never in nuzlockes. Also it died to one Flamethrower

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All this one does is spam Protect, which doesn’t work two turns in a row, so that 4x electric damage takes her down in no time. I probably should’ve picked Susan but I picked Suze by mistake, but it worked out, and anyway it feels like a flex to use a bug to beat up a Flying leader’s Pokemon

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This is the one I remember being the biggest problem, especially if she gets too many of those Dragon Dances going, so it’s Ice Beam spam time

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Luckily for me, all she does is dance and heal, so we’re good!

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Is that the only hit Winona’s landed the whole time? Anyway, we end in flame, as will all things!

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Thanks babe! Malcolm’s already doing just fine with Wing Attack, so I’ll let Suze have that, since she fought so well in this gym and really need some better moves!

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Fuck! Who gave you this number? After I dropkick this pokenav into the sea, I’m going to fucking skin them

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Well, that’s fucking ominous

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Fans like you are the reason we have restraining orders.

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Gonna need a hideout where fucking Scott can’t find me. So let’s head south, enjoy some pretty reflections…

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…and open up my favourite Secret Base location! It’s quite far out of the way, but it has a clean layout without too many obstacles, it’s got the berry patch right there, got both surfing and grass for level grinding… Love it 💚

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Nice and homey for Doc Jr and Vic Jr… 😭 💔

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Don’t you be leaving bombs by my fucking house! … but you can stay if, should you ever see a guy with sunglasses and an ugly hawaiian shirt snooping around, you blow him up

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That done, The Doctor finally regenerates into his ultimate form! I’ve almost never used a Sceptile before, I’m really looking forward to it!


I think that’s plenty for today! Man, now that I think about it, feels weird that you can get as far as past the sixth gym before your starter fully evolves... Hoenn has nowhere near as gentle a level curve as Johto, but I feel like I always have my Johto starters fully evolved earlier than that. Do Johto starters just evolve younger than Hoenn ones? I could look it up but I can't be bothered. I did once do a Black run where I didn't evolve my Tepig until the very endgame bc I don't like Tepig's evolutions... How about you? Have you ever held off evolving your starter for whatever reason? Until next time, thanks for joining me, and haste ye back!
 

bhelryss

rose cultivator
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this pokemon can be found encouraging plant growth in other people's gardens, but can be territorial about the resulting blooms
yeah mlon eusk is severely out of touch with the whole thing

my primary mode of interest was restoration of mars' atmosphere

since the main problem with mars, aside from the dearth of micro
organisms that would create a healthy soil, is that the atmo
is severely depleted and the remnants of mars' atmo are at the mercy
of solar winds, due to the lack of a magnetic field. fun fact! there is
actually still an atmosphere on mars! it just is very weak and nearly gone -
every time a solar wind hits the planet it scatters around to the other side
and parts of it is blasted off. there is actually some math proving that
a "shield" could be used at i believe an L1 orbit to sort of provide an artificial
buffer that could buy restoration projects time to restart mars' dynamo

there's evidence that mars' core is still hot, but all the heat is locked inside -
i believe the primary theory is that mars has a lot thicker of a crust than earth, so
the tectonics sort of came to a standstil as the mantle ceased its rotation. unlike venus, who
seems to have a tectonic history of around every 500k years the entire surface is replaced in
a mass subduction

but yeah back to mars. so the main problem for mars is that without the internal cycle the magnetic
field was weakened. there's a hypothesis that if you were to run cables latitudinally around the planet
in intervals and run electricity thru them to create a magnetic field that would be enough to provide the stability
you need in order to build up an atmo similar enough to our own to allow plants to survive (and eventually us) to augment
a co2 heavy atmo with a native supply of oxygen. since co2 is likely the best option for a atmo base that would support plant life.
with time that would become stable for animal life. not sure exactly how to recreate the nitrogen levels earth enjoys on mars but im not
actually a scientist dkfj

but yeah! the shield would also allow water vapor (which is, i believe, most of what's left of mars' atmo) from being blasted
back into space

the main problem with all of this though, aside from it being purely hypothetical, is it would cost.....so much in resources and manpower

and roses are really easy to care for! regretfully, blood and bone meal are a bit difficult to come by where im at, but
i know how to spot disease and boring insects that would possibly kill off canes (the stuff that grows from the base and holds all the leaves and flowers)
and that most roses these days are grafted onto root systems, so if you don't take care during winter your rose' graft area can be injured where it wouldn't, normally
if it was a non-grafted plant

gestures, the more you know

they do really give off the butch vibes, i support our local he/him lesbians

YEAH THAT'S MY FAVORITE SECRET HIDEOUT

hmm no i don't think i've ever held back a starter from evolving before! im a simple guy,
i see baby i raise them. tepig are very cute!! i can see why you'd want one to stay that way

emboar is, however, probably my favorite fire starter design sdlfkj

love that for me
 

Green Tea

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Considered bitter by many.
I only tend to hold back for the sake of learning new moves sooner. I might hold back for the sake of a story, perhaps, I can see some appeal there, but I've not done it before.

Oh, and there was an incident where I gave a geodude an everstone when I was a lot younger. I, uh, I thought it was the item that boosted rock-type attacks and then was surprised when he got to L30 and still hadn't evolved. As I didn't have Internet access as readily available as I do now, I didn't know when he was meant to evolve, and kept assuming it was going to happen, until he got to L36 and I assumed I had a broken game. Then I found a hard stone and realised what I had done. <sigh> Not a proud moment, that one!

All of the Hoenn starters reach their final form at L36, along with typhlosion, charizard and blastoise. Venusaur is L32, along with meganium, while feraligatr evolves as early as L30. So, odds are, your Johto starters probably have evolved sooner. Chuck's team is around L30, and he's the fifth gym, so there's good odds that you've got a feraligatr or meganium before facing him if you're matching on levels.
 

Nebbles

avid jrpg liker and kisser of cute girls
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This writer spends many hours toiling over her endless pile of fics while being surrounded by snacks. If you approach her, she'll share them with you!
I don't think I've ever delayed evolving my starter, no... mostly because I get too eager to have my Big, Strong friend, so I never did!

Also, yes, always assume I'm talking about Octopath Traveler. Always. It's one of the cornerstones of my girlfriend and I's relationship.
 

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saylee: I don't want my bug out in a bird gym
also saylee: *uses bug twice in the bird gym*

Suze is turning into your anti-evasion/accuracy hacks mon, what with her having two 100% moves now. nothing can escape those buggy eyes

I think a couple times I've held back evolutions to learn something exclusive to the first/second stages? like treecko can learn mega drain in rse at level 26. sure, you can teach it giga drain with a tm, but there's only one copy of that tm and you can trade 20bp for double the pp! AND you can still learn leaf blade if you evolve at 26!

...does waiting to use a stone count as holding back evolution? I definitely have waited for someone to learn something by level up so I wouldn't have to use the tm for it, and regretted my choices lmao
 

Garnet

Onion Boy
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A strange Pokémon that claims to be both an artist and writer, yet almost never has any work to show for either.
Bird Keepers are trans butch lesbians and I support them with all my heart. I also support Suze dunking on the local birds. Type effectiveness whomst?

I've never held back on evolving a starter, but I have on some other Pokemon - FRLG Spearow comes to mind, holding off for Aerial Ace, but another one I held off on for a very long time was a Munna in BW1, until... god. Level 41. I really wanted that Dream Eater, what can I say?
 

songwithnosoul

Conqueror of the Ecruteak Gym
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Is that why I’ve heard calico cats can only be female, because they need to get those two XX chromosomes?
That is definitely exactly why you've heard that! The version you heard is still a bit of an oversimplification, though. Male calicoes and torties do exist. They're just really rare. Most have at least three chromosomes, two X and one Y, but according to Wikipedia (which I used to double-check my info earlier), sometimes they're chimeras instead and have a mixture of XX and XY cells (as opposed to all XXY cells). Wikipedia also mentions spontaneous skin mutation as a possibility but doesn't cite a source, so IDK on that one.

So, there you go: weird edge cases because the whole concept of biological sex is extremely fake anyway! Yay!

Also idk if you watch Kitten Lady on youtube—she specializes in fostering preemie or sick kittens, and it’s very braingood watching the progress videos she puts up when a kitten’s ready to be adopted, showing them recovering and filling out and playing with her other adopted pets (which aside from several cats includes a pig and I think some ducks). She also does a lot of infomrative videos about rescuing cats, how to handle various kitten illnesses and so on. Always a good way to keep from doomscrolling, her kitten videos ❤️
I'll have to check her out! There is one cat rescue channel I watch, but my YouTube subscription feed is overall sadly barren of cat channels!

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Strange mysteries on the way to Fortree
Haha

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Got past the doorman no problemo.
Haha. Doorman!

Anyway, we really did sweep through this gym no problem, let’s get right to simping for Wino—I mean simply winning that badge!
Haha. Even Chu isn't immune to the simping fever going around!

Tropius is one of those Pokemon that has such a cool and unique concept that I really wish I saw it more, but it’s so rare and shows up relatively late in the game so it’s almost never in nuzlockes. Also it died to one Flamethrower
Yeah, it's always a shame that these interesting gimmick 'mons so often are also rare spawns on only one route, or something like that. I understand the idea behind it, but it's not the most nuzlocke-friendly.

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This is the one I remember being the biggest problem, especially if she gets too many of those Dragon Dances going, so it’s Ice Beam spam time
Woof, yes. That's one you don't want to let set up and get comfortable. Glad you handled it so fast!

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Is that the only hit Winona’s landed the whole time? Anyway, we end in flame, as will all things!
Damn, you swept that gym! Go team!

Thanks babe! Malcolm’s already doing just fine with Wing Attack, so I’ll let Suze have that, since she fought so well in this gym and really need some better moves!
Yay! Unlock her full potential! Love to see the little guys like Minun and Illumise raised to their full potential!

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Gonna need a hideout where fucking Scott can’t find me. So let’s head south, enjoy some pretty reflections…
Ooh, yes! It's Secret Base time! Finally somewhere to put all your plushies!

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…and open up my favourite Secret Base location! It’s quite far out of the way, but it has a clean layout without too many obstacles, it’s got the berry patch right there, got both surfing and grass for level grinding… Love it 💚
Nice! Look at all of that decorating space!

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That done, The Doctor finally regenerates into his ultimate form! I’ve almost never used a Sceptile before, I’m really looking forward to it!
I like Sceptile! I hope you two have a good time together.

Do Johto starters just evolve younger than Hoenn ones? I could look it up but I can't be bothered.
Two of the three do! All three Hoenn starters reach their final forms at level 36, but only Quilava evolves into Typhlosion at this level. Bayleef becomes Meganium at level 32 and Croconaw becomes Feraligatr at the low, low level of 30. Why? No idea. They were still in the process of standardizing this stuff in Gen II, I guess.

I did once do a Black run where I didn't evolve my Tepig until the very endgame bc I don't like Tepig's evolutions... How about you?
lol, I remember that. It was really badass when you did evolve him! Great scene. Excellent dramatic timing.

Have you ever held off evolving your starter for whatever reason?
No. I seriously considered it with Dewott and Samurott, because Dewott is my favourite of that evolutionary line by a lot, but in the end I just disliked the idea of leaving my starter forever underpowered too much. I always evolve starters right away, and if there was a starter with a final evolution that I hated so much I didn't want to evolve it ever, I wouldn't choose it to begin with.

(I mean, it's theoretically possible that a starter could be released where I love the first or second stage a lot, like even more than Totodile, but the third stage just ruins it. In that case, I might pick it and then never evolve it. But that's not a terribly likely occurrence.)
 

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