Phrixos looked ahead of them as they were getting closer to the ship seeing that they needed just a bit more to go. He begun to feel colder from his feet up to his torso more and more. Keeping his hands close and under his armpits as he felt the cold pick up with the wind. "Damn desert..... Hot as hell during the day and completely flipped at night.... How can one as a pokemon live in these kinds of conditions..... Truly a strange answer i hope to find out....." He groaned as he was shivering his little tail bone off his behind. Looking over to Orphy seeing that he was unaffected by the windy cold of the desert night. "So close… hm.." His gaze seemed faded as he looked out towards the ship.
"You are still cold..?" Orpheus couldn't comprehend this. He was consistently warm, so he figured he never would. "We are almost there." As a gesture, one more drone popped out of his circle, and floated over to Phrixos. "Let Hesperus keep you warm as well." The core of the drone was heating up as well, the same way Helios was. They didn't have long to go for the ship, if his headset info was right.
Phrixos reached for Hesperus as he held his hands slightly around the other little drone to keep his hands warm. "Yes... unlike you i can feel the cold... With the sands of the desert freezing my toes whatever warmth my body is giving me is releasing most from my hands, feet and the top of my head.... I keep telling Zahir that it'd be a good idea to by some sort of a beanie or cover to keep our heads warm but he continuously persists on not needing a hat. It gets in the way... but only sometimes." He nodded as he hoped that by just looking they only had a mile or two left of walking till they get there.
"I feel it as well." Orpheus corrected. "It is not as chilling for me, is all. As long as you are warm and functional during our mission, we will be alright." The ship was still in the distance. Phrixos was right, they'd likely reach there by dusk if not night. They were close. "Do you feel uneasy at all?" Oprheus asked, now that they were closer to their destination.
Phrixos nodded to the other, "Uneasy yes... Zahir is still worrisome I can feel him calming but he's still unsure about this place... my own feelings i can say... I’m not sure about this place either..." Just a bit closer... Phrixos felt a rumble in the ground stopping to hold his balance as he looks around slightly frantic but in control of himself... "Orphy... can those glasses see through sand... if they do look down... what is below us?"
Orpheus was hovering, and while he didn't feel it, his headset had indicated a change in the environment. "I will see if it picked up any signs of life..." Looking through his information on hand and looked down to scan. "There might be something down there. I do not know where. It might be coming closer."
Phrixos looked up to Orphy as he felt something off. "Orphy... get moving... fast." Phrixos started to dash off towards the boat as the sands of the desert began to move.... Which pokemon could it be? His own sudden alertness was not unfounded. Below them, Orpheus could see something long sliding under the sand. It was coming closer. "Go!" Telling his partner as Orpheus hovered away to safety, towards their destination. He could feel the sand pulling away from under his feet as he kept moving pulling his staff out not activating it as the largeness of the sand burst out of the way knocking Phrixos forwards as he regained his footing looking over his shoulder seeing the large Steelix chasing after them.
The Steelix didn't look all that happy, using its ‘Iron tail’ to smack down on the sand sending a ripple knocking Phrixos off his feet. It's next move was a taunt as it used rock tomb next after to dive bomb rocks down just before they could touch the two. Seeing this taunt as he rushed to pick himself up looking over to Orphy. "Orphy run he's not happy with us being here."
It burst out of the sand and wasted no time in telling them it wanted them gone. It was being gracious with stern warnings, at least. "You must keep up as well, Phrixos." Orpheus hovered forward to escape, but continually noted how far away Helios and Hesperus were. He couldn't leave Phrixos behind.
"It’s harder than speaking of it." Phrixos was trying his best to keep up using the hard packed sands and rocks to push along running as hard as he could clenching his chest as he felt the air leaving him. He cursed under his breath looking back seeing a rock coming his way diving off to barely miss it. Phrixos hit the ground hard rolling on his back looking to the Steelix hissing at them.
The Steelix hissed harder thinking it gave them enough time to leave but they were taking too long it roared out dashing for them. It stood it's ground sizing itself up to Orphy. Phrixos scrambled as he could see what the Steelix was getting up to do. The Steelix cocked his head back readying a Gyro Ball. "Orphy!" Phrixos ran for them to get pasted the rock edge ahead of them. "Get behind those rocks now!" As large and cumbersome as the Steelix was, it was catching up. Orpheus heeded the warning and hovered as fast as he could towards their hiding spot. He easily overtook Phrixos getting there, and he was encouraging him to move faster. He could read the distance closing in between himself and the drones he'd left in the other's care, but would it be enough?
The Steelix set off the Gyro ball towards Phrixos. He held the little drones close in his hold as he didn't look back. Running as fast as he could racing up a rock as the gyro ball crashed behind him hitting the rock below him. Blasting him off over the rock edge.
The Steelix lost sight of them as the dust scrambled up into the air giving them cover for the time being.
Phrixos groaned out as he choked for air. The land on his side crushing his arm under his rib cage. He groaned keeping the drones safe knocking his head even on the ground. "Orphy...? Orphy where are you?" The dust went over the edge disrupting their view. Phrixos couldn't see much to nothing as he rolling on his stomach looking around.
Orpheus sat behind the rock, hearing all the commotion go down. He dared not come up to look just yet. "Phrixos, I see you." he looked at his headset. "Follow my drones. They will take you back to me." Helios and Hesperus struggled out of Phrixos's arms and started to float back towards their master, making sure that their temporary companion was not too far behind.
Phrixos saw the glow of the drones following them as he held close to his arm rubbing the small throb of pain away. Finding the other he had a few small scrapes on his cheek but all else he was fine. "Orphy you are alright?" Phrixos could see the other now stepping close to see how he was.
"I am fine." He looked at Phrixos. "Are you alright?" It seemed to be light damage, at least. "Stay close." Orpheus peered over the rock to see what the steelix was up to. It didn't seem like it was going to let up soon, but it hadn't spotted them. "I can attempt to burn it to scare it away. You must head for the ship first, I will not take very long to catch up."
"Don't hurt it." Phrixos spoke out first eyeing deeply to the other. "Please don't hurt it.".... He gave a pause as he meant what he said and he will keep it that way. No matter if it tried to hurt them. Phrixos held a vow to himself that no pokemon that wasn't apart of the war was to be harmed.... he could barely heal soldiers properly, in these conditions with lack of supplies, let alone could he heal a Steelix on his own after this. "That's the last thing we need. After all that's our way back to our ride home." Phrixos nodded to him. "If anything cause a disturbance to the east of the Steelix. Let it think that we ran off in that direction. It'll give us both enough time to make it to the boat."
Orpheus watched as he listened to Phrixos…. he seemed quite adamant about leaving the Steelix alone, and despite how he had to come up with a different plan now, Orpheus would stick to that. Phrixos had a point, after all. Aggravating the pokemon out here would be bad later. Orpheus knew the consequences of that too well...
Fetching Hesperus from Phrixos's scarf, he threw the drone out towards the east, and it blazed with a bright blue fire, hoping to distract the Steelix. "That should buy us some time. We must go." He offered a hand to pull his partner up and make a run for it.
The Steelix's attention went for the blue flame as it had it crawl off towards the east.
"It took the bait." Phrixos ran off as they kept going running for the boat.
The Steelix looked back to where he saw the two running it roared out chasing after the two again. "Orphy call Hesperus back... It's coming for us!" He ran fast along side of the other not minding any pain just running for it as fast as he could.
He looked back seeing the Steelix about to let off another move. "Orphy... Get ready to dive for it." Phrixos saw the Gyro ball aimed for them again. "Shit!" Phrixos ran further jumping up behind Orphy using his protect as strong as he can make it.
The decoy worked for a moment, which was better than nothing. The two anons got a small head start ahead of the steelix before it started to chase them again. Hesperus zoomed back to Orpheus, and he glided past Phrixos to make sure he was going to be protected by the shield.
The shield broke once he Gyro made impact sending Phrixos smashing into Orphy from behind. Phrixos groaned out as this impact against his shield bleed through it hurt him too.
The Steelix roared but saw the ship ahead of them. For a moment it dead stopped to turn back around going back towards where it came.
Orpheus was slammed into the ground without warning. He let out a muffled yell into the dirt, but nothing too damaged, he hoped. He managed to pilot his drones out of harm's way, so at least they were undamaged. Once he managed to come to, he looked on his display, and the steelix seemed to be... retreating? "A-Are you alright, Phrixos..?" he groaned.
Phrixos was rolled past Orphy ahead of him some as he was not moving from his spot he was laying on his stomach facing away from the other.
Orpheus pushed himself off the ground. It had been a painful fall, but not debilitating, at least. He could rest in small mercies... "Ph-Phrixos..?" he hobbled over, trying to get his balance. He wasn't responding. "Phrixos.." he called again, unsure whether to move him.
Phrixos didn't move for a bit .... a slight cough came too as he tried moving his hands under him rolling back on his side looking up to Orphy as he looked a bit hurt but not enough that he couldn't stop moving himself. "Hey..." Was all he said as he groaned to get up but fell back onto his side. "J... just give me.. a bit... " Looking past Orphy seeing the Steelix gone. "Where is the Steelix?"
Orpheus took a step back to give him some space. He offered his hand to Phrixos to help him up. "The steelix is gone. The ship seems to have spooked it." he nodded his head upwards towards the ship. They had arrived, in their chase.
Phrixos held off a moment to get up as he gripped Orphy's hand to pull himself up standing oddly as he felt sore already. "Ah... that hurt more than i thought it would..." He looked to the ship almost feeling that disturbing feeling again fall deep into the pit of his stomach. "I'd say we rest for a bit hm?.... Or should we push on?"
"We should make sure you are alright." Orpheus suggested, noticing Phrixos was feeling uneasy. In comparison, the ghost anon felt calm here. He felt he had to delay going into the ship, but he couldn't wait forever. "After that, we should continue."
Phrixos looked back to Orphy as he felt Orphy so calm as he stands there with the other. "I'll be fine.... Just don't stray far... I don't feel kindly being near this boat. I am uneasy yes... I mean we should take a minute to relax and collect ourselves before going in there?" Yes he is very uneasy to go into the ship.
"If you wish." he knew Phrixos didn't want to board it. Looking at it now, it was much larger than he anticipated, but calmer than he did too. Perhaps it was Nai inside of him that gave him this peace? "I do not want you going in there with me unprepared."
Phrixos nodded some as he hugged his stomach some holding it close to his side some he let out another groan feeling like another one of those bruises will swell up again. "Ah... Are you sure you are okay? I hit you pretty hard?"
"I think I am alright." he nodded. He was sore, but nothing broke, at least. Orpheus rubbed his torso too where he'd hit the ground. "I will live, at least." he smiled.
Phrixos nodded to the other as he held his side. "When we get back i do not care for what you say I'm caring for any bruises you get this time around.... You cared for me already. But yes i'm glad you are alive.... I wouldn't last on my own out here." Phrixos nodded. "Lets at least make it inside the ship and rest... I can see that you want to venture in already." He nodded to the other some stepping close to Orphy holding an arm to his.
"... alright." Phrixos really worried too much... but it was in his nature, Orpheus could tell. "It is not that I wish to go in... I feel at ease... more specifically, Nai feels at ease."
Phrixos nodded as he held his chest some. "From what Chuu feels he trusts Nai it's just Zahir... He's very... uneasy still yet anything that i say to him he's still worrisome... I am sorry if i'm being overly worrisome myself.... Zahir is doubling it..." Phrixos tried to calm down with Zahir trying to keep him from being so uneasy like this. "He's taking a bit longer than i want to have him to calm down."
"I see..." he said. "If it is any consolation, Darius is worried as well. He is unfamiliar with this. But he trusts we will protect you. I hope Zahir understands that. We must go in soon, however."
Phrixos nodded as he spoke to Zahir for a bit leaning his forehead to Orphy's shoulder telling Zahir to keep calm that Darius, Nai and Orphy would protect us. His body seemed to calm more and more as he slowly picked his head back up. "Zahir is calming down... He says it's okay to go in... just stay close.... for his sake ...and well mine as well?"
"Good." Orpheus was happy to hear they would be stable enough to go inside. "I will not leave you behind, if that is what you are asking. Do not worry." Standing up to proceed as they walk around and looked towards the ship. Time to head in, he supposed. His drones started to circle him again, slowly as he hovered over the ground. They had to find the entrance point... the briefing had said it was to the east side, and so Orpheus went. The door was open and leaning down towards where the bank of the lake it sat in would have been. If they just walked there, they could hop in the ship.