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WOOT! Got this done just in the nick of time. #The-IPL battle against *Okami-13 battle roulette style! This was a lot of fun to do, and really let me practice a foresty background. It makes me so excited for fall and Halloween!

story! [link] It's a long story, and I hope I kept Nero in character.

Fall was in full swing. Atael crunched through the fall leaves that dotted the ground. Still on Challenger Island, her first fall here. It was colder than in Johto, the ocean winds biting hard on the island.

A slight breeze moaned through the trees, creaking their limbs and rustling the few leaves left on them. Fallen ones were picked up and caressed by the wind, carried gently a few feet.

Atael breathed in the crisp smell of woods, the aroma of decaying leaves and plants, the sweet smell of lavender, and the tangy bouquet of small purple flowers that she didn't know of.
A couple of gray stones were starting to pop out of the leaf litter. There were numerous ones, all arrayed in a specific pattern. Atael kneeled in front of one, and could just barely make out Here lies dear Athena, loving pokemon, cherished friend

Eyes starting to get misty, Atael got up, and kept walking, knowing it was a pokemon graveyard. She hadn't seen any anywhere before on Challenger Island. She stared at the ground, until she almost smacked into a small, wooden table. Looking up, she saw a strange looking man. He wore a mask that grinned.

"Oh..umm.. I'm sorry, I bumped into your table." she stammered. He was holding a tea cup, and the table was laden with a tea pot, another cup, and a couple of sweets.

"No need to apologize." he said behind his mask. "Would you care to join me for a cup of tea?"

Atael, of course, couldn't refuse, she had to test the tea. She pulled out her shamisen and played a tune, to brighten the gloomy fall day.

After a bit of chit chat, she learned his name was Nero Valken, and liked puppets. As they finished their tea, he asked a simple question, "Would you like to battle?"

***

Atael had chosen Niabi, her beautiful Deerling, who needed more experience in the field, and not just on the dance floor. She bounded around the graves, kicking up her heels at being free from the pokeball.

Nero sent out his arbok, Crow Scare.

Seeing the giant snake, Niabi started quivering, scared out of her wits. Before the battle began, she hesitantly walked up to Crow Scare, a gave a sniff of greeting.

And then the battle began. Niabi took off, running out of sheer panic, the arbok in close pursuit. Catching just a bit, Crow Scare gave a poison sting attack. Niabi slowed a bit, being poisoned. Stumbling in her mad dash, the arbok caught her, wrapping his large coils around her midsection, almost tenderly, not wanting to do real damage, but slowly, ever so slowly, tightening so she couldn't get away from his bite.

Niabi freaked at that moment, her long legs thrashing about, trying to escape. Her flower started glowing, as she used Aromatherapy, to speed along the cure for her poison.


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Crow Scare the arbok belongs to :iconokami-13:

Niabi the deerling belongs to me, :iconponyprincess13:

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SuperRachel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Oh my goodness, Brianna. This is so INCREDIBLE!

I love the expressions, you can really tell it's a heated battle. Plus, like you said, it really is in season with fall. I really like this one, was there a verdict yet? Did you win?

Goodness I just love it.
Well done! :D :D :D
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why thank you!

The verdict hasn't been giving yet. My opponent's was pretty good, they've got a nice style :)
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SuperRachel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I just looked at it and you're right! I'm excited to see how this is going to be decided. Pretty fun stuff!

It's interesting looking at your old pictures from when you first started this account to how you draw now. You've advanced so much! Gah Brianna, you're amazing!!
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much :tighthug: Even comparing the time when I first joined IPL to now, there is improvement.

I can't wait for it to be judged :eager:
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RedFieldsOfNone Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't even know where to start.
I love the color scheme. If it weren't for the flowers on the graves, Crow Scare would be an eye sore with all those browns and yellow. And the trees! Oh the trees. The whole environment is so great. I swear, between the picture and the writing, I could smell the forest.
I also Like the action and the emotions. Just superb.

Meg said it the best about the story.
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, I'm getting some of the greatest comments ever!

Thank you so much :tighthug:

Yup, I got the idea for the purple flowers from Skyrim, since where I usually am, it's really red and brown, and you get a dash of purple, and it's just gorgeous!

Excellent! I really wanted to invoke the forest feeling.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW. I cannot believe it! This is fantastic! The arbok is SO well done. I love the head and angle of the part that fans out behind the head. (Don't know the name!) Niabi also looks really cool. You did a great job of conveying the fear, and it matches very well what happened in the story. I love how we're caught right here in the action when she starts using Aromatherapy. There's so much going on in this picture and it's so cool!

The background is very atmospheric. I really like it! I definitely hit "Download" for the full effect. The trees really contribute, and I like the more faded part of the ground in the distance.

I also really like the story. The image of Atael playing the shamisen in the fall forest while drinking tea with Nero was really special. I thought you had great evocative language for the fall. My suggestion for your writing is to continue to think about sentence fluency. It was such a great story. I can tell it's your style! One of my other favorite parts was when Niabi sniffs Crow Scare. It was a unique setting for a Pokémon battle that I had never imagined before! I also really like the calmness of the battle, and the lack of animosity between the two trainers and Pokémon.

GREAT JOB!
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is such an awesome comment, thanks!

The fan out part is called a hood, like in cobra (which, if you spell backwards with a k, is arbok 0_0) I'm glad I got the expressions right and that it feels actiony (is that a word?) and isn't static.

I'm so glad you like the background, it took the longest.

Thanks for the feedback of the writing. Can you give me a bit more detail on fluency?
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norree Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I just love the atmosphere! I'm really impressed! The background reminds me of intense fantasy movies, like something you would see in The Last Unicorn.
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent! I was going for dark, but all the fall stock images are either really foggy, or a bright fall day. I'm so glad you like the background, I think that was where most of the time went on this pic. Thank you!!
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MrPaperFail Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very awesome , i would have comment earlier but i had work, and you did a good job keeping nero in character.
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Awesome, I love being able to keep other people's character in character in the short stories I write to accompany the picture. :D
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MrPaperFail Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm not much of a writer i have bad grammar
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byrch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just keep practicing and you'll get better :)
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MrPaperFail Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah
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