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March 29, 2017 12:23am
[[this post is over 500 words, how the heck]]
Dorian regarded Sparktail with a curious gaze. The Raichu seemed anxious to speak to him, but it was unclear whether that was typical behavior or if it was Dorian himself unsettling him. Either way, it seemed best to respond to his request kindly, to hopefully set him more at ease.
"We would be happy to take a look at it," Dorian said, and turned to follow Chi to retrieve the rune-covered stone. This seemed easy enough; he and Chi had been deciphering runes and codes of all sorts for years. Once he held the stone in his hands, however, he discovered a small roadblock.
Chi, hovering at his elbow, noticed just as quickly. "Oh," he said, "this looks... different."
"Indeed. A different dialect, it seems."
"Close enough to ours, though. Might just be differences in dimensions."
Dorian hummed in agreement. "Certainly not impossible to translate, at the very least."
"Yeah!" Chi beamed, eyes alight with determination, and pointed to a line. "Like that part there. It says something about 'a wave of psychic energy.'"
"I think a closer translation would be 'a field of psychic radiation,'" Dorian corrected.
"Eh, same thing," Chi said with a grin and dismissive wave of his hand.
"I could argue against that, but I know better than to do so by now," Dorian said, letting a small smile show.
Chi laughed. "Well, whatever it is, there's a lot of it. And look here, it says something about a battle..."
As Chi continued on with enthusiasm, Dorian's smile grew, a fond, nostalgic feeling growing in his heart. All of this was bringing back memories of their search for information about the Time Gears, of tracking down clues and finding hidden messages in ancient books and maps and cave walls. Their adventures may have been dangerous and the times may have been dire and bleak, but the joy of cracking codes and finding answers and getting closer to their goal, step by step, made it all worth it.
"Just like old times," Dorian murmured, almost not realizing he had spoken aloud.
Chi looked up, puzzled for a brief second before a smile broke across his face. "I missed this too."
After a couple more minutes of debating phrasing and sentence structure, the two determined the stone to be as translated as they could figure it, and relayed their findings to Sparktail.
"Alright," Chi started, "the short and simple translation is: there's a huge field—maybe a forcefield? It's not very specific—of powerful psychic energy—"
"Radiation," Dorian chimed in.
"—whatever," Chi said, rolling his eyes. "Anyway, it seems to have been caused by a battle from a nearby city. The details are kinda fuzzy, but some seriously strong Pokemon must've been involved for it to have caused that kind of fallout. Looks like one of them might've even died."
Dorian nodded. "The wording was a bit unclear, but it does appear to be the case."
"Yeah," Chi said, rubbing the back of his neck and giving Sparktail an apologetic grin. "Sorry we couldn't get a full translation out of it; it's a little different from what we're used to in our dimension."