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Hello there! Welcome to the world of Pokémon! This world is inhabited by creatures called Pokémon! For some people, Pokémon are pets. Others use them for fights. Yourself...You cook Pokémon as a Profession. First, what is your name?

>Write-In

In a world such as this, people don't like to think of the harsh truth about where their food comes from. Most remain blissfully ignorant of what goes into putting meals on the table. While your job is unpopular, and even reviled by some, it's the path in life that you've chosen, and you're committed to pursuing this career. You've learnt the trade from a specific place as well, which may or may not be morally dubious.

>Official channels. You've gotten your license to cook and hunt from a League-associated culinary school. This means you're in better standing with the public, and have uncontested access to basic resources. But you're also held back by accountability, and can face big trouble if you break the rules and limitations set by the law- some of which are rather stringent. Boring and safe, if you choose to follow along.

>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on.

>Self-taught. You just kinda... started doing this on your own. After living your life in the rural edges of your hometown, you gravitated towards being a chef. You have a lot of experience improvising, but are more prone to mistakes in the first place. You also should try and keep your work on the down low, as being an unlicensed, untrained cook is heavily frowned upon. Your restaurant will have already been established for a little while, and starts with an existing base of customers, comprised of locals who know you well. But rising high and gaining region-wide fame might be harder.
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>>5503205
Wherever you learnt the trade from, you've specialized in one specific type. You're familiar with the most common butchering methods for Pokémon of this type, and will have little issue in preparing dishes. Cooking methods of this chosen type were the first that you learnt, and you branched out from there, so your expertise radiates outwards from it. Types that your selection is strong against are easier for you to cook, while the weaknesses are harder for you to make dishes out of due to how fundamentally different they are.

>Select type

Finally, you have a trusty partner Pokémon. It's not one that's lived with you for your whole life, but its been your companion through about half your culinary career. You made sure to choose one that would help you with an essential part of the process: Hunting.

>Scyther (Bug/Flying). Having a savage, violent Pokémon makes obtaining prey a lot easier. It can kill with little fuss while out in the field, through direct combat. However, the overly-aggressive nature of your partner often ruins the meat. Huge chunks are sliced off and left to sit in the dirt, and gaping wounds are left behind for the elements to encroach on while you transport the carcasses back to base. (+ Hunting, - Meat Quality)

>Munna (Psychic). You wanted to get a Drowsee to fill the same niche, but the stereotypes around it steered you towards this Pokémon instead. You suppose Munna is kinda cool too, with its... pink flower pattern. It excels in putting prey to sleep and allowing you to work out a way to dispatch them. You find yourself dragging them through the woods often, so you can find a safe place to euthanise them without attracting predators to the blood. Trying to take out a Pokémon without attacking it is quite the ordeal, but the rewards are all the greater for it. (- Hunting, + Meat Quality)

>Swirlix (Fairy). Swirlix isn't particularly powerful, but its excellent sense of smell allows you to keep track of your prey. You can easily follow it through the woods till the time is right to strike, and wait for your targets to get tired out. However, having extended hunts is dangerous, and your time out in the wilderness will be more unpredictable. (+ Tracking. More random encounters)
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>>5503207
>Munna (Psychic). You wanted to get a Drowsee to fill the same niche, but the stereotypes around it steered you towards this Pokémon instead. You suppose Munna is kinda cool too, with its... pink flower pattern. It excels in putting prey to sleep and allowing you to work out a way to dispatch them. You find yourself dragging them through the woods often, so you can find a safe place to euthanise them without attracting predators to the blood. Trying to take out a Pokémon without attacking it is quite the ordeal, but the rewards are all the greater for it. (- Hunting, + Meat Quality)
Scyther is cool and all but limited in a way, what with it being so direct.
Though Scizor is extremely tempting.
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>>5503213
>>5503205
Missed the start choice.
>Self-taught. You just kinda... started doing this on your own. After living your life in the rural edges of your hometown, you gravitated towards being a chef. You have a lot of experience improvising, but are more prone to mistakes in the first place. You also should try and keep your work on the down low, as being an unlicensed, untrained cook is heavily frowned upon. Your restaurant will have already been established for a little while, and starts with an existing base of customers, comprised of locals who know you well. But rising high and gaining region-wide fame might be harder.
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>>5503205
>Self-taught. You just kinda... started doing this on your own. After living your life in the rural edges of your hometown, you gravitated towards being a chef. You have a lot of experience improvising, but are more prone to mistakes in the first place. You also should try and keep your work on the down low, as being an unlicensed, untrained cook is heavily frowned upon. Your restaurant will have already been established for a little while, and starts with an existing base of customers, comprised of locals who know you well. But rising high and gaining region-wide fame might be harder.

>Munna (Psychic). You wanted to get a Drowsee to fill the same niche, but the stereotypes around it steered you towards this Pokémon instead. You suppose Munna is kinda cool too, with its... pink flower pattern. It excels in putting prey to sleep and allowing you to work out a way to dispatch them. You find yourself dragging them through the woods often, so you can find a safe place to euthanise them without attracting predators to the blood. Trying to take out a Pokémon without attacking it is quite the ordeal, but the rewards are all the greater for it. (- Hunting, + Meat Quality)
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>>5503205
>Penny

>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on

>Scyther (Bug/Flying). Having a savage, violent Pokémon makes obtaining prey a lot easier. It can kill with little fuss while out in the field, through direct combat. However, the overly-aggressive nature of your partner often ruins the meat. Huge chunks are sliced off and left to sit in the dirt, and gaping wounds are left behind for the elements to encroach on while you transport the carcasses back to base. (+ Hunting, - Meat Quality)
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>>5503205
Penny Pudding.
>Official channels.
>Swirlix
Sounds like a interesting premise.
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>>5503224
Wait a minute, I have a better idea. If it's allowed I want to change my vote to this:

>Gordon Ramsey

>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on

>Scyther (Bug/Flying). Having a savage, violent Pokémon makes obtaining prey a lot easier. It can kill with little fuss while out in the field, through direct combat. However, the overly-aggressive nature of your partner often ruins the meat. Huge chunks are sliced off and left to sit in the dirt, and gaping wounds are left behind for the elements to encroach on while you transport the carcasses back to base. (+ Hunting, - Meat Quality)

Potentially teaching our Scyther how to chop food up seems cool.
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>>5503237
>Ramsey
hah, I'm keeping that in as part of my vote
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>Ramsey
>Master
>Plant
Think about it. Opens up all plant pokemon such as Tropius wich is already good, but also all water pokemon (the most numerous of them).
Weakness to bug? Well, who want to eat bug?
Same with poison.
Weakness to fly and ice? That's a bit handicapping. But I want some challenge.
Weakness to dragon? We won't meet right now and it will be hard to cook anyway

>Swirlix

Free dessert with a sheer, and more dice for the dice god
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>>5503205
>Self-taught. You just kinda... started doing this on your own. After living your life in the rural edges of your hometown, you gravitated towards being a chef. You have a lot of experience improvising, but are more prone to mistakes in the first place. You also should try and keep your work on the down low, as being an unlicensed, untrained cook is heavily frowned upon. Your restaurant will have already been established for a little while, and starts with an existing base of customers, comprised of locals who know you well. But rising high and gaining region-wide fame might be harder.

>Scyther (Bug/Flying). Having a savage, violent Pokémon makes obtaining prey a lot easier. It can kill with little fuss while out in the field, through direct combat. However, the overly-aggressive nature of your partner often ruins the meat. Huge chunks are sliced off and left to sit in the dirt, and gaping wounds are left behind for the elements to encroach on while you transport the carcasses back to base. (+ Hunting, - Meat Quality)
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>>5503207
>Penny
>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on
>Munna (Psychic). You wanted to get a Drowsee to fill the same niche, but the stereotypes around it steered you towards this Pokémon instead. You suppose Munna is kinda cool too, with its... pink flower pattern. It excels in putting prey to sleep and allowing you to work out a way to dispatch them. You find yourself dragging them through the woods often, so you can find a safe place to euthanise them without attracting predators to the blood. Trying to take out a Pokémon without attacking it is quite the ordeal, but the rewards are all the greater for it. (- Hunting, + Meat Quality)
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>>5503257
Forgot type
>Flying
I doubt rock, steel and electric type pokemons are delicious enough to cook.
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>>5503214
>>5503213
>>5503224
>>5503225
>>5503231
>>5503237
>>5503242
>>5503248
>>5503251
>>5503257
>>5503261

Current tally:

>Origin
Official: 1
Master: 4
Self-Taught: 2

>Type
Flying: 1
Grass: 1

>Starter
Scyther: 3
Munna: 2
Swirlix: 2

Will leave it open for a couple more hours.
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>>5503205
>Penny Purple

>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on.

>Water

>Scyther (Bug/Flying). Having a savage, violent Pokémon makes obtaining prey a lot easier. It can kill with little fuss while out in the field, through direct combat. However, the overly-aggressive nature of your partner often ruins the meat. Huge chunks are sliced off and left to sit in the dirt, and gaping wounds are left behind for the elements to encroach on while you transport the carcasses back to base. (+ Hunting, - Meat Quality)
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>>5503205
>A master. You've just finished your training, but you're still an amateur in the culinary world. For better or worse, you've struck out on your own to establish a legacy of your own. You have some inherited skills and tools from your sensei, and a handful of connections. Your master's name isn't big enough to be thrown around, but to the right people, it might be worth something. You're more of a specialist in your type, but lack the generalist nature and textbook foundations that official chefs are taught early on
>Munna (Psychic). You wanted to get a Drowsee to fill the same niche, but the stereotypes around it steered you towards this Pokémon instead. You suppose Munna is kinda cool too, with its... pink flower pattern. It excels in putting prey to sleep and allowing you to work out a way to dispatch them. You find yourself dragging them through the woods often, so you can find a safe place to euthanise them without attracting predators to the blood. Trying to take out a Pokémon without attacking it is quite the ordeal, but the rewards are all the greater for it. (- Hunting, + Meat Quality
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>>5503344
>>5503345

Locking in the votes for being taught by a Master, and picking Scyther. A lot of voters didn't pick the type, so I'll wait a little more.

Also locking in Penny as the name. Whether purple or pudding is unclear yet.
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>>5503207 >>5503368
Water
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>>5503368
Can change my vote to water type.
But we'll have to work hard on our plant-type hardship
For the name Let's go for Penny Pudding
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>>5503368
>Master
>Swirlix
Need to eat icecream with an old man while cooking soul food.
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>>5503380
And water type, forgot it aswell.
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>Poison Type
We've specialized in harvesting and safely incorporating Pokemon Toxin and Poison to enhance the flavor and aroma of any dish we make. You need a little special zing to your dish that you wouldn't be able to find anywhere else, Penny is your go to.

Nobody knows our special broth is made up entirely of Muk and Grimer slime.
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>>5503395
Switching type to this, fits the soul food theme I'm thinking of.
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Water wins, with 3 votes! Locking in and writing.

Fire type, ground type and rock type Pokémon will be slightly easier to cook, while grass and electric types will be even more challenging for Penny Pudding.
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>>5503368
>Pudding
>Poison type
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>>5503413
Oh oops, missed it by 8 minutes. Oh well, I'm fine with these events anyway
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>>5503410
I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought Water type meant we'd be able to cook Water Pokémon easier
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You can, yes. Water type is a given, that's your specialization. This is just to clarify what additional types are affected by picking Water. Easier to cook things water is strong against, harder to cook things water is weak against. Anyway... Let's start!

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Ding~

The bell above the door jingles softly, for the sixth time in the last five minutes. The frequency marks the beginning of the lunch rush. You scurry out from behind the counter, making sure that the party of three find their seats. You look over the room and take in the sight of your customers. Behind you, rhythmic thudding echoes from the kitchen. Scyther must be dicing those Tamato berries you requested. Couple of those, just a tiny drop of Nomel extract, and you'll have salsa raring to go. Some of that will go great with a lightly grilled, boneless Barraskewda filet.

"Hey, Penny-"

"Just a minute!"

You walk at a brisk pace, passing by a table strewn with finished dishes. The bill. They want the bill. But you've got to take the Basculin out of the oven first, it's almost done. As you retreat into the kitchen, the hustle and bustle of lunchtime conversation fills the room behind you. You barely have a moment to yourself, before Scyther raises its arms and waddles towards you. "SCYYYYY!" he cries, dripping Tamato juice across the linoleum.

>Scyther Lv. 16 : Calm nature. Highly curious
>OT: Penny Pudding.

"Good! Very good. Good boy." You don't pause to pet him on the head or toss him a reward, the Basculin needs to be served NOW.

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You collapse into the chair, fanning yourself with a menu and watching your customers eat. Running a one-woman-show is hard. It's been about a week since you got this place of your own. It's a small building in a small town, all the way to the East of the Wokhei region. You'd have preferred the seaside town of Simmersand, for its proximity to the seafood that you've specialized in cooking, but the rent was astronomical. Being the good beach, unlike horrid Boilerside to the West, makes it a popular vacation and resort destination. You didn't have the funds to get a place there so early, so you settled for Lobraise. At least it's not too far from the ocean, early morning shipments still get to you on time, but it's far from the best meat.

Already, you notice a few regulars. Lobraise is small, there was no fanfare or opening ceremony for your new place. Word of mouth is the most important thing to advertise your restaurant here. Now that everyone is eating, you might want to strike up a conversation at long last and get to know your customers.

>Approach the family of three, with the dad who never actually orders anything for himself.
>Approach the ginger girl eating with one hand and using her rotom phone with the other.
>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
>Leave them alone, don't interrupt their meal.
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>>5503423
>Approach the family of three, with the dad who never actually orders anything for himself.
Hey, being family friendly is the most profitable.
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>>5503423
>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
Hikers are always friendly. Glad to see you get this started, QM.
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>>5503423
>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
Bearded hiker men are phenomenal regulars and great conversationalists
>source former waffle house night cook kek
Looking forward to living my fantasy of tasting all the pokemon QM :D
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>>5503423
>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
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>>5503423
>>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
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>>5503423
>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.
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>>5503423
>Approach the family of three, with the dad who never actually orders anything for himself.
Voting against consensus, as >>5503430 is right.
To get a nice option for not-fish eater :
>Lotad (how does bonus work for him?)
>Seel
>Gastrodon (such a name should make him fit for gastronomy, right?)
>Seismitoad line
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>>5503434
>>5503439
>>5503449
>>5503453

>>5503430
>>5503459

>Approach the bearded man with the huge backpack, who comes in with the heavy load every other day.

After catching your breath, and making sure nobody else is in need of serving, you make your way over to the hiker. He's a bewear of a man, with a bushy beard and even bushier eyebrows. His warm brown eyes flicker up to look at you as you approach, and he stops shovelling chips in his mouth to give you a nod. The man definitely looks like the sort to enjoy the great outdoors! His backpack has a bedroll strapped to the top, and a cane is leaning against the edge of a table. For a second, you imagine the legs of your poor chair snapping beneath the weight of his cargo.

"Is everything to your liking, sir?"

He gives you a nod as he swallows. "Fries could use a bit less salt. Fish is good, though. Glad we finally have a seafood place in town."

"You like fish, then?"

"Sure do. You're... Penny, ain'tcha? Saw it on the sign outside. The name's Brady. How's Lobraise treating ya?"

In all honesty, you haven't gotten to enjoy much of it, and you tell him as much. The last few weeks prior to moving here were a blur of activity. Setting up the restaurant and cleaning the hand-me-down equipment took up a lot of your time, and you've been too busy during opening week to go out and explore the town. That's something for you to do on the weekend.

"Reckon you'll hire some help? Can't be easy doing this all alone, with just you and your Scyther back there."

You nod. Hiring help is definitely on the docket. If you have to do everything by yourself, you're going to drop dead from exhaustion before the month is over. You probably could have planned everything out a lot better, before leaping into the deep end.

>Ask him about Lobraise
>Ask him about himself
>Ask him about food
>Move on to another customer before they leave
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>>5503470
>Ask him about Lobraise
Definitely want to catch that family next time they come in.
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>>5503470
>>Ask him about himself
"You look like an outdoor man yourself... Would you know where to find Machop to help me with the haul and service?"
Also, fight type to cover our x4 weakness on rock that we know how to cook
>>Ask him about food
"Anything you wished to try all your life but mediocre chief didn't prepared?"
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>>5503470
>>Ask him about himself
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>>5503470
>Ask him about himself
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>>5503470
>Ask him about himself
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>>5503496
Supporting this one.

>>5503470
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>>5503470
>Ask him about Lobraise

huh, i wasn't expecting us to start with a restaurant. this is gonna be fun
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>>5503470
>>Ask him about Lobraise
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This sounds like a vore quest. It probably belongs on >>>/trash/ .
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>about food
I want a cool item ques
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>>5503934
The pokemon aren't alive, dumbass. Is eating a steak vore?
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>>5503941
He may mean in the sense that a cannibal quest could be considered guro/vore, since Pokemon are sometimes sapient.

I'm seeing it as more of a monster-hunting and business-sim quest, which I am super down for.
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>>5503961
Guro fine, but that's not what vore means. Vore is eating something alive, either biting it to death or swallowing it whole. It'd be incorrect for a cannibal quest (if the cannibal is killing the victim first) and it's incorrect here.

>I'm seeing it as more of a monster-hunting and business-sim quest, which I am super down for.
Me too.
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>>5503961
Thats an irrelevant point. Pokemon were food since its origins. I'd add examples from the manga, but i dont recall any example at hand
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>>5503470
>Ask him about Lobraise

>starting off with the fat bastard
NGMI
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>>5503967
I mean, I guess? I imagine the distinction (and the particulars of those fetish terms) are unknown to, or else lost on, a lot of people.

>>5503990
Things change. I guess someone more familiar with Pokemon's somewhat-sanitized modern media might regard them all as anthropomorphized, intelligent friends.
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>>5503961
we actually talked about this in the quest general, some pokemon are not gonna fly for consumption like no one is gonna be ok eating a Lopunny that can use its humanoid form to evoke sympathy and guilt in anyone who wants to cook and eat them.

but there is also a lot of pokemon that people would be ok eating the milktank and torous being examples of those.
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>>5503470
>>Ask him about Lobraise


we should as about the town first and then ask about him we don't want to get too personal to quickly
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5503474
>>5503645
>>5503728
>>5504054
>>5504154
>Ask him about Lobraise

>>5503496
>>5503519
>>5503532
>>5503577
>>5503585
>Ask him about himself

Rolling so I can start writing.
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>Ask him about Lobraise

You don’t delve into personal details just yet. It’s your first time having a conversation with him, small talk and surface level questions will do. So you ask him a few basic questions about your new home. He’s happy to explain. As he speaks, his eyes sparkle, and his voice takes on a certain fervour. He's clearly proud of the place, as a local.

Lobraise is one of the smaller towns in Wokhei, as you know, and is surrounded by the forest. The route leading to the town is filled with winding turns, with wild Pokémon around each corner. Years ago, there was an attempt to build a railway track linking it to the larger Stewview to the Southeast, but the project fell through before it could launch. There are still tracks and an overgrown worksite in the outskirts, but the would-be station in town has since been repurposed. There’s also a range of tall hills in the distance, which Brady hikes up regularly. He speaks at length about how immersed in nature you can get.

“Is it safe to be out there by yourself? You said there were plenty of Pokémon.”

“Ah, don’t worry. I can take care of myself. Plus, I’m not alone. Got my crew right here.”

He pats his lap, where a bandolier of Pokéballs must be hanging. You nod and listen as he tells you a bit more about town. Lobraise isn’t a major stop on the gym journey that many trainers like to undertake. It’s just an in-between, serving as an unwieldy link between Stewview and Simmersand. There’s no gym here, so it’s not a place where the league focuses on. You knew the last bit, it’s part of the reason you chose it, on top of the cheap rent. Discretion is important for a solo restaurant, in case you want to branch out to more unsavoury prospects. And you've definitely considered it, after your master's tutelage.

The hiker takes a little more time to tell you about what the town has to offer, and places a new arrival should know of. The town is old enough that the Pokémon Centre and Pokémart are still separate buildings, unlike in most of the other settlements in the region. He points out where the nearest laundromat is, wisely deducing that you probably don't have much space upstairs for appliances. He tells you where you can go to get a newspaper subscription, and you don't have the heart to tell him that you can get everything online now. And finally, he tells you where the repair shop is, for your dingy little truck. By the time he's done, his plate is clean, and he's gently wiping his mouth with a napkin.

"Sorry to cut this short, Penny. But I think it's about time I get going. Sun isn't straight overhead anymore. Can you be a dear and fetch me the bill?"

"Of course!"

With that, he takes his leave, huffing as he shoulders the heavy pack and waddles out. Out into the hills he goes!

>Bond with Hiker Brady increased!
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>>5504533
Lunch is finally over. From this point on, your customers trickle in at a slower pace, giving you breathing room between dishes you have to whip up. You filet countless fish, making numerous trips in and out of the freezer. Scyther gets rather bored once you're out of things for him to cut, and you can't have him mince berries indefinitely, so you return him to his ball for the afternoon. During the off-peak hours, you work out something to do:

>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

>Take a look at your menu and think up new dishes. Mentally review the list of everything you can and can't cook, as well as plan for the future. If you got some customer opinions on your food, it might be easier to come up with something.

>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
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>>5504535
>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
...Where the fuck is everybody?
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>>5504533
>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.
>>5504584
Everyone as in questors? It's still pretty early stateside, most people have only been up for an hour or two or are just waking up.
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>>5504535
>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets
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>>5504535
>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.
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>>5504535
>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

What are we gonna cook? I honestly prefer going the illegal route.
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>>5504535
>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
I want to see what sort of local fauna and flora we're dealing with here. I also think cayching a helper may be a better idea than hiring one, if we can find a good mon; they certainly can't spill our secrets.
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Pokemon themed business management with a mildly edgy twist? Hell yeah.
>>5504535
>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
Probably for the best to get a feel for our new home before diving into anything.
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>>5504535
>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
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>>5504535
>>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.

I'll prefer morally-gray a bit illegal road.
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>>5504535
>>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.
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>>5504535
>>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

I want to run a straight and narrow establishment, the last thing we want is to fall in with the wrong people thinking about team rocket here or worse.
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>5504633
Changing to clean up.
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>>5504535
>>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets
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>>5504701
Becoming a front for a villainous Team sounds kind of fun, to be desu.
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>>5504788
If we had gone self taught I would be with you but I want to prove to our master who trained us he was right. I want to make pokemon Gordon ramsay proud.
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>>5504535
>>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.
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>>5504535
>>Take a look at your menu and think up new dishes. Mentally review the list of everything you can and can't cook, as well as plan for the future. If you got some customer opinions on your food, it might be easier to come up with something.
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>>5504797
Fair play. We'll try to straight and narrow, see where it goes.
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>>5504535
>Take a look at your menu and think up new dishes. Mentally review the list of everything you can and can't cook, as well as plan for the future. If you got some customer opinions on your food, it might be easier to come up with something.
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>>5504535
>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.
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I don't want to be a criminal.
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>>5504535
>>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

and I don't want to cook or kill pokemon smart enough to not want to die and beg for there life.
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>>5505225
No functioning organism wants to die. All life is the fear for life.
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>>5505246
Anon there is an undeniable difference between a trusting moocow looking at you without fear or understanding of its impending death, and a Lopunny which is clearly intelligent enough to fear death and beg us not to die.
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>>5505271
well, that's the corner pokemon wrote itself into. after season 3 or so, food just became a thing that popped out of the air and "normal" animals disappeared from the face of the earth
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>>5505271
I don't know what kind of Pokemon "Moocow" is, but Miltanks and Lopunnies are so similar that they can breed and produce fertile offspring, and those offspring are always Miltanks.

We'll see if this applies to this quest.
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>>5505278
Sorry I should have been specific I mean a Tauros big dumb cows

>>5505275
some pokemon are dumb enough that eating them is fine. Some pokemon are smart enough that eating them is not ok.
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>>5505284
>Tauros
You mean male Miltanks?
Tauros can interbreed with Lopunnies, too. It's WORSE, because the offspring is always a LOPUNNY (or, well, a Buneary). Some of those Lopunnies you'd never want to eat literally had Tauroses for fathers.
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>>5505287
I stand by what I said in the show and game Lopunny be on or just under human levels of intelligence, they are not for eating. Tauros and Milktanks have not been.
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>>5505284
except ALL pokemon have the same base level of sapience/sentience and thats more or less equal to a child. like, ash's taurus was pretty smart, but couldn't do a lot of shit due to being a bull, so your argument is wrong unless you have examples of actually dumb pokemon (hint: i doubt you'll find any)
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>>5505298
Magikarp that fish is as useless as a rock.
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>>5505298
>>5505291
How about we not make sweeping statements about Pokemon sapience/intelligence until the OP tells us how it works in his version of the setting?
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>>5505300
being useless doesn't mean its stupid. magikarp react to commands, can talk to other pokemon and are capable of communicating their feelings to their trainer, even if they can't directly talk. so yeah, that's a wrong example

>>5505301
i mean, im on the side that's arguing that all pokemon are food, so i don't really mind whatever OP comes with, although the implication is that its a serious taboo due to all 'mons being sapient/sentient
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>>5505291
We'll see. I suspect you'll find real cows know enough to fear pain and death, and Pokemon equivalents (which can by definition understand humans' commands and form beep bonds of friendship with them, plus breed with many intelligent Pokemon in their egg group (some of which are also in the Human-shape egg group) will be even more intelligent and anthropomorphic in behaviour.

>>5505301
But this anon is right. We'll find out!
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>>5505301
You are right, QM has already hinted at legal and illegal pokemon for consumption, we should wait till he gives us the information before getting lost in these spiraling debates.
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>>5505305
Oh no, Cows have best friends, Pigs are very intelligent animals, and chickens can bond with you, but they are food animals, and not pet animals, and given we are an omnivorous species it has to be this way. I imagine much of the same reasoning applies in pokemon. but again like anon pointed out until QM gives us the banned pokemon consumption list this is a pointless debate.

>>5505304
> I mean, I'm on the side that's arguing that all pokemon are food,

The QM has already hinted that is not the case and is in fact illegal to eat some pokemon what pokemon remains to be seen though.
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>>5505308
>The QM has already hinted that is not the case and is in fact illegal to eat some pokemon what pokemon remains to be seen though.
yes. that doesn't stop them being food, because that's the only way the pokemon world works and until OP tells us more about the quest itself, the original IP is the only thing we can base ourselves to make assumptions on how the quest works
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>>5505313
We can assume like the real world some animals are food animals and some are working/pet animals. why eat the Lopunny when it would serve you better as a messenger, why eat the poneta when it makes for a great plow or battle animal? And before you say those functions are useless with the modern technology in the setting, again we can draw from real-world experience once horses became obsolete we didn't just exterminate the species they went from work animals to pet animals.

I don't see a reason why that wouldn't hold true for the pokemon setting. But again I am willing and happy to wait for the QM to tell us which pokemon are for food and which are not.
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>>5505308
>>5505319
>some Pokemon (or animals) are culturally accepted as food and some are not
is a very different argument from
>some Pokemon (or animals) have no fear or understanding of death
which is what you said in >>5505271
But I am excited to explore the no-doubt ample grey area and see how lore has been modified by this world where some food is, unavoidably, Pokemon-based.
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>>5505319
>the whole first paragraph
im saying that all pokemon CAN be food -like how we have dairy cows and beef cows-, not that all of them have to be solely exterminated for food. you're arguing a different point altogether.

>I don't see a reason why that wouldn't hold true for the pokemon setting
because your original argument is that some pokemon shouldn't be food because some are more intelligent/sentient/sapient than the others, and im telling you that isn't true. all of them have a base level that falls under immoral for most people and the two examples that you gave were pokemon that didn't have hands, didn't look in an appealing manner and are effectively the worst at begging for their lives. your arguments are weak at best and contradictory or nonexistent at worst
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>>5505321
I hold both views some pokemon are dumber than a sack of rocks and some are smarter than even humans. I again go back the Magikarp example, which I know one anon disagrees with, but to offer another example, we have Parasect, which is fully puppeted by a fungus, and IMO Slowpoke before it evolves.

as for the second, yeah the gray era is gonna be very interesting, for sure, it might even shift from region to region.

>im saying that all pokemon CAN be food -like how we have dairy cows and beef cows-, not that all of them have to be solely exterminated for food. you're arguing a different point altogether.


sure just like all IRL animals could be food but are not because they serve better in another function for humanity and or ended up in the pet category after they stopped being useful but we didn't want to eat them.

>because your original argument is that some pokemon shouldn't be food because some are more intelligent/sentient/sapient than others, and I'm telling you that isn't true.

the level of intelligence of a Magikarp and a Gallade are magnitudes apart anon, yes I concede that pokemon are generally smarter than the average earth animal perhaps the baseline average is around pig level. But that doesn't negate the fact for there to be an average there have to be extremes, some pokemon fall well below the average Magikarp, and some well above it Gallade. Slice it how you like, pokemon some pokemon are dumber than others and likely ended up in the food category because of it. others were smarter than average and ended up in the work animal box and then the pet box as the original function for that pokemon was phased out by tech.

I don't see us closing the gap on this point so how about the agree to disagree, I think your wrong you think I am wrong and wait till QM gets back to tell us we are both wrong.
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>>5505189

>Clean up. You won't get anything else done now, but actively keeping on top of things means you can close up earlier tonight, and have slightly more time to explore town and do night activities.

>>5504593
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>>5505225

>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

>>5505006
>>5505187

>Take a look at your menu and think up new dishes. Mentally review the list of everything you can and can't cook, as well as plan for the future. If you got some customer opinions on your food, it might be easier to come up with something.

Locking in the Help Wanted, and writing soon. Thank you for voting so far, looking over this discussion is really fun.

>>5505301
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>>5505319
Yep, I'll reveal some more information a bit later on, after I feel confident enough that I've made the rules logical enough, and thought up more nuances of Pokemon eating in the region. Definitely taking the discussion and opinions into account.
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>Write a Help Wanted ad. You'll have to screen someone for your specific purposes. If you plan on playing it straight, you can just get anyone who can behave themselves. But if you're thinking of pursuing less-legal cooking and hunting, you can't have a random shmuck hanging around your kitchen and peering into your secrets.

You get to work on your laptop, drafting an ad on Cradilist. Every so often, you pause to attend to a diner or greet a new customer, but most of the afternoon passes by peacefully. Your restaurant (working name: Penny's) is the only one in town to specialize in seafood, which gives you an advantage over the others. But it's nowhere as well-known as the other joints in town just yet. While many people know that a new place has opened up, it's not an affair exciting enough to send people flooding in. Maybe you could consider the last half a week as a soft launch, and do an opening event sometime next week. But that depends on your confidence, and how well you plan things out. It's already Thursday, and you've decided to give yourself Sundays off, along with closing in the afternoon on Saturday.

Tap tap tap. By the time dinner rolls around, your ad is fully written and sent out! Your requirements have been listed, and all that's left is to wait for applicants and arrange for them to come in. You'll get to do that later tonight. The dinner crowd has you working hard again, and with closing time on the horizon, you don't have time to chat further. You let Scyther back out of his ball and get him to help out with more mincing, which he's all too happy to do.

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After the last guest has departed, you start doing the dishes and wiping down the table. Scyther is completely unable to contribute, what with his arms being gigantic sickles, so you send him back to his ball yet again. You feel a sense of satisfaction in having found the time to put out that ad. You hopefully won't be doing this alone for much longer, and you should have gotten some replies by now. You lock up and head upstairs, where your living quarters are.

>Penny's
>1000 to 2030 (Mon-Fri)
>1000 to 1430 (Sat)

It's almost ten, and a lot of places are closing down. Your options are rather limited. You look out the glass window at your truck parked across the street, taking a quick look at your to-do list. While you decide, you open up Cradilist and start screening the handful of applicants.

>Head down to the grocery store and stock up. It's open late at night, and you're in need of some home supplies.

>Stay home and do some research on the various other places in town. You want to know your competitors.

>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.

>Make plans for the weekend hunt ahead of time. While most of your food is shipped straight here, you take pride in being able to procure meat on your own. You'll want to find out which local Pokémon are legal to catch and cook.
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>>5505501
>>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.
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>>5505501
>>>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.

Gotta let our bro get some air.
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>>5505501
>Make plans for the weekend hunt ahead of time. While most of your food is shipped straight here, you take pride in being able to procure meat on your own. You'll want to find out which local Pokémon are legal to catch and cook.
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>>5505501
>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.
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>>5505501
>>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.
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>>5505501
>>Make plans for the weekend hunt ahead of time. While most of your food is shipped straight here, you take pride in being able to procure meat on your own. You'll want to find out which local Pokémon are legal to catch and cook.
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>>5505501
>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.

This wuest looks interesting
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>>5505501
>Make plans for the weekend hunt ahead of time. While most of your food is shipped straight here, you take pride in being able to procure meat on your own. You'll want to find out which local Pokémon are legal to catch and cook.
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>>5505501
>>Make plans for the weekend hunt ahead of time. While most of your food is shipped straight here, you take pride in being able to procure meat on your own. You'll want to find out which local Pokémon are legal to catch and cook.
competitor research should definitely be done soon though. similar businesses should be near each other, and each niche should be filled locally, but for us to follow either of these we need to know who's around
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>>5505546
>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.

Locking in a night stroll with the boy.
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>>5505602

>Head to the park with Scyther. He's been cooped up all day, letting him out might energize him for tomorrow.

You hop into your truck after grabbing your trusty fanny pack, filled with treats for Scyther. The Pokéball shivers with anticipation as you get into the driver's seat and make your way to the park. There are few other vehicles on the road, and fewer in the parking lot when you make the short drive there. The moment you go through the gates, and past the 'Pokémon under 300 kg allowed' sign, you let your partner out.

"SCYYYYYY!"

He's all too happy to take off, hovering several feet above you and clawing at the air. With a wide grin, you pull a treat-stick out of your bag and fling it straight into the night sky. He spins around and chases it, slashing the snack into several uneven pieces before it can hit the ground. He then lands softly in the grass and bends down, rifling through the verdant stalks for bits of treat. There aren't any other Pokémon in the immediate area, but you can hear some noise further in the park. At one point, a jogger heads past, and gives the bladed bug a wide berth. You settle down on a bench while you watch him enjoy himself, dealing with the messages from applicants in the meantime. There are a decent amount! One guy sent in an ad for online gambling, so you blocked them. Another is a young student looking for a part time job, who seemed friendly when you texted them.

What sort of person are you looking for?

>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.

>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.

>Discerning. You want somebody who doesn't ask questions, and is down to do anything for money. They can help you with more unsavoury prospects.

Scyther's head suddenly snaps upwards. He hisses and flies towards a tree, arms raised to strike. You hear spitting noises, and a stream of silk hits him. The next moment, him and a Wurmple are tumbling from the branches. You hardly need to intervene in the abrupt battle, before he sends it sprawling with a fury cutter. It faints and tumbles into the bushes, leaving you to get back to headhunting. He seems to be enjoying himself! After you settle things, you'll want to walk him further into the park.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
Part timers are cheap, and we really only need someone at the moment to help with the lunch rush.
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>>5505661
>>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
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>>5505661
>>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.


Quality in quality out
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
Someone we can ditch if they don't share our vision as things progress.
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>>5505661
>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.

a discerning could be helpful, but we don't even know if that's needed for the moment
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>>5505661
>>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.

we already have a vision for our establishment a seafood place and if we bring in some proper staff we can get the ball rolling on quality food and service.
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>>5505661
>>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.

Someone to man the front and take orders, collect customer feedback, maybe help advertise by looking cute in a uniform and apron
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>>5503470
You know what? This quest might just be unique/weird enough for me.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine

I'd like to be more established in our long term vision before making any long term investments.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
As long as we're clear with them that it's a temporary position, I think we should scope out what we're trying to accomplish first.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
We're not making much money yet, plus we only really need help during the lunch and dinner rushes on weekdays. I also figure a part-timer would also let us work out the kinks in our training methods before we get a real full-time employee.
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>>5505661
>Discerning. You want somebody who doesn't ask questions, and is down to do anything for money. They can help you with more unsavoury prospects.
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>>5505661
>>Consistent help. You want someone you can properly train as an employee, and you want them to stick around. It has to be someone you can invest in.
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>>5505661
>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.
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Locking in Anyone.
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>>5506272

>Anyone will do. For now, you don't have any specifications. You don't even need long-term staff, just some temporary help to get things done. Part timers, students, people who have low commitment are fine.

While Scyther flies around to look for more Pokémon to beat up, you filter out a couple of applicants. You feel a pang of anxiety for a moment. You can't just ghost them, since they all live in town, and Cradilist is full of kinda creepy people who might sperg out online if you reject their application. Eventually, you manage to shortlist some candidates, and arrange for them to come in on Friday afternoon. It's short notice, but the type of people you want are those who have a lot of free time anyway. They'll be here for an interview tomorrow and you can have your picks come in on Monday, or even Saturday if they're willing. Your attention turns back to Scyther, and you whistle to get his attention.

"Here boy! Let's go!"

He flaps to your side and the two of you start heading further into the park. There are some purple lights up ahead, and your bug seems to be drawn towards them. You cautiously follow along, until you catch sight of a trainer standing beside a fountain. Several Pokémon are yipping at his heels, fighting for attention as he holds a dog treat above their heads. Flickering candles sit atop their scalps. He slowly lowers the snack. But whenever one of them rears up on its hind legs to reach it, or tries pawing at him, he straightens up and carries the snack even further from them. The Greavards whine softly, struggling to pick up on the training that he's trying to impart.

The gloomy young man is dressed in a purple hoodie, with overly large sleeves and baggy pants. His face is pallid, and he has dark eyebags. As you approach, one of the ghost dogs yips at Scyther.

"Gree! Gree!"

"SCYTHER!"

You click your tongue at him, getting him to back down before he starts another battle. You need him in tip top shape for tomorrow, and beating up worms is more than enough exercise. The trainer sticks his hands in his pocket, hiding the dog treat as he turns his attention to you. He just stares right at you with a glazed-over expression. The three dogs bark, running circles around him and scratching at his legs, but he pays them no heed, apart from swaying side to side. You feel a mounting discomfort as the silence drags on, and finally decide to break it.

"Can I... Help you?"

He responds with nothing but his dead-fish expression. Suddenly, he snaps upright, and his eyes become alert once again. A bony finger rises to point at you, and he speaks in a surprisingly normal voice.

"You. Death follows you around. I sense it on you. Who are you?"
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>>5506471

Oh, great. A chuuni. One of those Hex Maniac types, you reckon, judging by the type of Pokémon he trains. You clear your throat and set your hands on your hips, determined to not show this weirdo how creeped out you are by his behaviour.

"I'm new in town. Name's Penny. I run a restaurant down on Beautifly Boulevard, restaurant's name is Penny's too."

"Fenton. I'm Fenton."

He keeps his hands in his pockets, not offering so much as a handshake. You squint at him. Maybe he already recognized you from somewhere, and decided to do his 'spirits of the dead' shtick. Or maybe you just smell like seafood, which could be a hint at your profession. You turn your head to the side in an attempt to sniff yourself without making it obvious. Nope, no lingering smell from the kitchen. You decide to go with the first option. You don't believe in all that spiritual crap, there's no way he can actually tell that you're a cook. You try and change the topic a little.

"Kinda late to be out."

"I could say the same for you." He replies.

"Doing obedience training?"

"I am. These Greavard don't do well around strangers. They suck the life from those who are close to them... So I can only train them out here at night. I'm usually alone. Never seen you and your Scyther before."

"Like I said, new here. Scyther and I just came to see what the purple lights are. I think he's gotten enough exercise for now, so I'm going to head back. Have fun with your Pokémon." You do your best to not be rude, but you can't help but come off as curt. This guy is giving you the creeps, you just want to get to your truck now.

Fortunately, he seems as eager as you are to get back to his own business. He gives you a nod, and pulls the treat from his pockets once again. The trio start yipping and barking, and he's forced to start the cycle anew. As you and Scyther walk off, you turn back several times, only to notice that thousand-yard stare fixed on you on each occasion. A shudder runs down your spine as you return your Pokémon to his ball and get into the truck.
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Home at last! It's about midnight now. You set the Pokéball on your nightstand and head into the shower. After doing a handful of chores while waiting for your hair to dry, you set an alarm for 8am and settle into bed, the day's events playing in your mind.

>Bond with Hiker Brady established
>Part-Timer interviews arranged
>Exercised Scyther
>Met Fenton

Decently productive day. You drift off to sleep, and dream of making it big.
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>>5506472

At 8am, you hit snooze. At 8:10, you hit snooze. At 8:20, you hit snooze, but sit upright and tell yourself that you'll get up in a minute. You fall asleep while in that position. At 8:30, you stop your alarm and pull yourself out of bed, stumbling to the kitchenette for black coffee. You need to get to work on opening, so you don't have that much time for breakfast. After filling Scyther's food bowl and letting him out of his ball, you scroll through your phone for the morning news. You don't have time to read multiple articles, so you pick one to skim over while you bite into your heated-up croissant.

>Rare sighting! What is this mysterious Pokémon?
>Geyser 827B eruption, six injured.
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
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Fuck. Forgot to attach an update image. Oh well.
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
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>>5506473
>Rare sighting! What is this mysterious Pokémon?
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
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>>5506473
>>Exercised Scyther
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.

as a business owner, and up and coming restaurant this is our priority. but another way, fuck them kids
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
those moped driving bastards, with their stupid boxy backpacks on their back
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
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>>5506473
>>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
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>>5506473
>Skim the Dash article about whatever is the reason of their angst
>>Rare sighting! What is this mysterious Pokémon?
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.

Nice concept QM! Really excited to see where this goes!
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>>5506473
>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.
As much as I want to know about the geyser, a group of hooligans targeting restaurants seems like it'll be more relevant.
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>>5506473
>Geyser 827B eruption, six injured.
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>>5506478
>>5506498
>>5506505
>>5506513
>>5506517
>>5506545
>>5506580
>>5506615
>>5506577
Team Dash! Only one option per vote, unless mentioned otherwise. Closing and writing later.
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>Team Dash strikes again! Five-star Restaurant struck by ungrateful guests.

On Wednesday evening, the wait staff of Stewview City's Le Petit Swellow set the table for a party of twelve. When the guests arrived for their reservation, all seemed well. They were dressed according to the code, and had their orders planned out ahead of time. Once it was time to pay, however, staff began to take notice of how they got up to head to the bathroom in groups. Their numbers dwindled one by one, until the table was left bare, save for the dozens of dirty plates and empty glasses. Security footage seemed to have been tampered with, and the restaurant has been unable to identify any of the involved parties.

"It's a particularly strange affair. Why go to all this effort just to do this? I suppose we'll take it as a compliment, that our food is heist-worthy. In the meantime, if any of you are interested in helping us recoup our losses..."

The restaurant estimates a 650,000 P loss from the incident. This incident is only one of many in recent months. Establishments all over Wokhei have reported an uptick in dine and dash cases, with most escaping justice in the end. Among these habitual dashers, several consistent individuals have been spotted, leading local eateries to label them and their associates 'Team Dash'.

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Wow. What a bunch of dicks. You wonder how you'd deal with a dine-and-dasher here at Penny's. Any townsfolk who did it would go on a banlist for life, that's for sure. Not that such a thing would hurt travellers. Maybe you'd put their faces online and shame them. Hopefully no such people show up at your doorstep. You rinse your mug and plate before heading downstairs to open up for the day.

Seafood for breakfast isn't exactly common, so you don't get much business in the morning. You've never actually been on the other end of a job interview before, so you spend the morning planning out your questions and going over the screening of your new staff.

The lunch rush is made a little more bearable by the prospect of hiring new hands. The girl who was on her phone yesterday is back. The only thing she orders is Clampearl chowder. Brady isn't here today, the others don't particularly stand out to you, and you don't have the time to stop and chat anyway.

"SCY! THEEER!"

The shattering of porcelain echoes from the kitchen. You groan and slip behind the counter to clean up your partner's mess.
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At around three, you hear the bell jingle several times while you're battering some Basculin. It takes you a couple more minutes to emerge, and when you do, you catch sight of the applicants who applied on Cradilist. There's a cheery looking teenager with brown hair and a cowlick, who's dressed in a Pokémart uniform. It looks like he came right here from his job at one. He doesn't take a seat, and instead lingers by the counter. Then there's a slightly older man with a bandolier of Pokéballs on his waist. He has four, which is quite a lot around these parts. Gotta be some kind of pro trainer. Lastly, the girl who's been coming here regularly abruptly stands up. Along with the bill, she joins the other two job-searchers without a word.

The trainer speaks first.

"Hey. You're the boss, right? PansearcottaPuddin083?"

It makes you cringe a little to have your online name read out in the real world. You nod and hold a hand out to shake all three of theirs, one after another.

"That'd be me." You announce.

"Great. Who first?"

You take a moment to ask for their names. You can hire more than one, you should just consider who you're most interested in, based on their info and appearance.

>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.

>Rhodes, the travelling trainer. He was a bit brusque online, and his typing style makes him hard to get a read on. At the moment, he's actually trying to clear the Pokémon league! He's on his way to Simmersand, and has stopped in town for a bit. While he's here, he's decided to try and earn some travel funds before moving on. He won't be here long-term, that's for sure, but he can tide you over for a week and a half. That doesn't include time spent teaching him the ropes, though, he's never worked tables before.

>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.
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>>5506748
>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.
>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.
If we can hire two, then these are the one's I'll go for. But if it's a choice then I'll go for Liam.
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>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.

We can change her mind by turning her boring typical white girl life into supporting cast of a main protagonist
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>>5506748
If we're only going with one then
>Macy
And if two then
>Liam
Two would better cover gaps in scheduling.
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>>5506748
>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.
Don't really need a guy who's gonna be gone in two weeks or a girl who won't last much longer than that.
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>>5506471
Could you not use the term "sperg out" please? Aside from the diss towards Autistic people Asperger was a Nazi collaborator who killed and experimented in children.
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>>5506772
No problem. Noted, and won't do so again.
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>>5506775
It's too early in the morning for this. You're not actually taking the bait, are you?
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>>5506748

> Let's take them all

The trainer doesn't seem super useful, but he might be good backup on weekend hunts.
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>>5506775
Don't bother with him ChefQM, he's just trying to mess with you

>>5506748
>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.

All we really need is someone to work part-time, Macy can fulfill that and has no prior obligations
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>>5506795
+1
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>>5506755
supporting
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>>5506748
>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.
>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.

both if possible, else macy is good enough
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>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.

The girl is the plant from team dasher

>>5506772
holy fuck dude made my day
>>5506775
QM he just jebaited you. Ignore shit like that.
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>>5506775
QM, don't fall into this trap, if you let them bait you it never stops, speak how you want fuck them, kids.
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>>5506748
>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.

She has the job if she is willing to wear a cute uniform and apron
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>>5506748
>Liam, local student. He never mentioned anything about working multiple jobs. Seems pretty clear-cut though. He mentioned wanting a job for summer vacation, and once school starts again, he'll have to quit. But till then, he's mentioned being able to work on alternate days and the occasional Saturday. He's also no stranger to the service industry, despite his young age, so you won't have to teach him things from scratch.


>>5506775
>got baited
cringe
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>>5506748
>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.
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>>5506775
While it'a very nice of you to be so accomodating and terms like "sperg" or "spaz" are frowned upon in polite society...

>>5506772
This is 4chan. Sometimes, people gotta' pick their battles around here.
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>>5506748
Liam seems like what we need most right now, but Macy might be useful in filling out a weekly schedule.
Rhodes could be of help on the raw materials side of the equation if he's going to be in town for a while.
We should probably just hire Liam for now, but keep in contact with the others if we need them in the future.
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>>5506748
>Macy,
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>>5507070
That's a really clever idea!

>>5506748
I am >>5507041, and I also support asking Rhodes if he wants to make some quick cash by procuring us ingredients rather than manning counter or whatever. Seems more up his alley, anyway!
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>>5506775
Thank you. I appreciate it.
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>Liam
Liam has experience and can work Saturdays

A trainer may have issues with us killing Pokemon and Macy also isn't a full time but is less skilled than Liam
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>>5507185
>A trainer may have issues with us killing Pokemon
Why would he sign up to work at a seafood restaurant, then, knowing all seafood is Pokemon meat?
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>>5506755
>>5506757
>>5506760
>>5506841
>>5506908
>>5506911
>>5506973
>>5507041
>>5507107

>>5506764
>>5506955
>>5506975
>>5507070
>>5507185

>>5507109
(Noted!)

Locking in Macy and writing! For today and tomorrow, I think I'll only do one update a day since it's Christmas and Christmas eve. Also, sorry for being unclear with the options, will check harder in the future. The vote was just to pick who you'd be most interested in interviewing first, and get to know slightly better than the other two. The actual hiring vote will be next, including up to all three, but with monetary drawbacks.
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>>5505501
>you've decided to give yourself Sundays off, along with closing in the afternoon on Saturday.

Sundays are one of the best days for a restaurant, particularly the mornings and afternoons. People want to go out and spend money still, before Sunday night where they're getting ready for their week. Conversely, Mondays are the worst days for an eatery, and many business close then. We should change our schedule accordingly.
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>>5507343
+1, unless Pokemon people have different eating schedules than we do
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>Macy, the girl who seems to be becoming a regular customer. She's not from Wokhei, and hasn't disclosed where exactly her home is. You get the sense that she genuinely likes the food, she's been coming here pretty often, after all. On Cradilist, she mentioned just wanting to try the job out of interest, and definitely isn't interested in sticking around full time.

"Well... She was here first, I guess. You're up. Macy, right?"

She nods and stuffs her phone back into her purse. You head to the door for a moment to set the sign to 'CLOSED', and then move the floor sign in front of the door to bar entry. You set out a basket of fries for Liam and Rhodes to share, then settle down in a corner with the girl. She rests her elbows on the table and looks straight at you with soft hazel eyes. You remember her coming in on the first day and taking a lot of photos of the food and decor. Her tips are a little thin, but she looks around your age, if not a little younger, and you know that money can be tight.

"Hi. Um, I've never done this before? So like, do you start asking me things now?"

"Yeah. To be honest, me neither. I haven't given an interview before. Let's just get right into it. Prior job experience? Any?"

Macy nods her head.

"I worked in a daycare for like, two months. Just took care of kids and baby Pokémon. Changed their diapers, cleaned up after them, you know. But that was last year. I just moved here, and I've been taking it easy since." She explains.

You nod along. "By ‘here’, do you mean Wokhei, or Lobraise?" You ask.

"Both. I'm from Unova, actually. Nimbasa. It's a lot quieter here than I'm used to."

“I see. Okay, we talked a bit about it last night. But can you explain why you want to work in a restaurant again?”

Macy taps her nails on the table for a moment, taking some time to string her words together before replying.

“I guess it’s something I just want to try out? I’ve always been good at multitasking. And you’re like, the newest place in town. Being a cashier or waiter doesn’t seem too hard.”

She glances towards the two others, who are half done with the basket of fries. Rhodes is audibly striking up a conversation with the younger teen, who’s replying quietly and glancing in your direction intermittently.

“Plus, meals are provided, right?”

You stifle a snort of amusement. Yeah, you’d definitely provide meals for employees while on the clock. You suppose that’s as good a reason as any to ask for the job, if she actually likes your cooking.
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>>5507376
“No prior experience in the restaurant industry specifically?”

“Zilch.”

Okay. Time for the most cliche part of the interview. You clear your throat.

“What would you say your strengths and weaknesses are?”

"Um... I'm like, really good at multitasking? And prioritising what to do, in what order. And I've played plenty those cooking games where you manage a restaurant. For weaknesses, I think..."

She looks at you hopefully.

"My weakness is that I work too hard?"

Classic. You shrug and move on. Overall, she seems alright. No red flags, just a girl who wants a job. Maybe it'd be nice to have someone close enough to your age to talk to, you don't really know anyone in town yet. You wrap up your interview, then move on to the other two.

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Once all three of them have left, you immediately open up the restaurant and get back to work. You still have the rest of the afternoon and evening to serve customers, so you spend your time thinking as you go along. You could hire all three of them, feasibly. But it'd put quite a drain on your finances to pay three employees at once. You'll have to work extra hard to make up for it further down the line, and potentially cut some corners until you can start earning enough to offset it. The place is small enough that having everyone on the same shift would make things cramped, but they mostly intend to be part time workers anyway, so you can split them up.

Who do you hire? (Combination with the highest votes wins)

>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.

Rhodes. He won't be here for long, as mentioned. He seems a bit stony, but looks like he's in good shape. Being a trainer probably means he's a hard worker. The trade-off is that he's inexperienced, and it might be a slight waste to spend time training someone who you'll never see again. You can just consider him an extra set of hands. At the end of your interview, you've also pitched him the idea of paying him for ingredients that he can gather. Even if you don't hire him, he's taken fondly to the idea, and you can keep in contact with him to purchase rarer supplies, such as berries and mushrooms that only grow in the wilderness.
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>>5507377
I'll vote for this combination:
>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.

Hopefully we'll be able to do good on contacting Rhodes for rarer ingredients.
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>>5507377
>>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.
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>>5507377
>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

liam sounds interesting but he also sounds way too unreliable with his free time
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>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.

Use Liam to train Macy for his part-time before a schedule where we have enough hand on deck
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>>5507377
>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer

I'll definitely vote for these two
And maybe we can have Rhodes go out looking for wild mushrooms, berries and fruit for us wgile he's in town and pay him for what her brings us!
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>>5507377
>Liam
>Macy
Easy choices.
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>>5507377

>>5507404 seems like a good idea. Liam can help train her on the service side while we focus on cooking.

>>5507343
>Sundays are one of the best days for a restaurant, particularly the mornings and afternoons
I'm pretty sure this is in large part due to church, which might not apply in Poke-world. Knowledge of what days are typically busy is something we should know in character, so I'm willing to trust the QM not having Penny self-sabotage her own business.
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>>5507377
>Macy & Liam
>Buy ingredients from Rhodes
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>>5507377
>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.
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>>5507377

>>5507404
+1
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>>5507381
>>5507404
>>5507407
>>5507674
>>5507698

Macy and Liam it is. Locking in the hiring!
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>>5508182
>Macy. You've taken an interest in her over the other two, and her qualifications aren't terrible either. She seems enthusiastic enough. The impression you've gotten from her is that she's cautious and curious, and hopefully a fast learner too. There's no specific period she's willing to work for, and it seems like she's devoid of prior obligations.

>Liam. Nice kid. During his interview, he mentioned having multiple jobs, including at the mart and a car wash. It's not his first rodeo. When asked about why he takes so many different roles, he mumbled something about family circumstances and didn't elaborate further. You're convinced that he has a good amount of experience, and will fit in just fine. Ideal part-timer.

In the evening, you text all three of them to update them on the hiring. You ask Macy and Liam to come in on Monday. As for Rhodes, you babble something about how you picked the others because they're natives to the town, and will at least be around in the future. You try to soften the rejection by raising the idea of him selling you rare items that he can forage from the wilderness, hoping to salvage whatever business relationship you've established. He responds with a thumbs up and nothing else. You can't tell what that means. Is it passive aggressive? Is it sincere? The texting habits of Rhodes are an enigma. On Monday, they'll come in for their first shift. Your week is almost over. Just tonight and tomorrow morning, then you can rest for Saturday, before heading out to gather new materials on Sunday.

You retreat into the kitchen to filet a handful of pre-scaled Arrokuda for later. Scyther approaches to watch, ever-curious about your cooking. He can't seem to get why you're cutting so slowly, with such a tiny knife, when he has his gigantic claws. He's ruined more than a handful of expensive fish by cleaving them apart in an attempt to help. You start by cutting the fins off, then work on the head. The sharp, bony beak is undesirable, and people hate seeing the faces of Pokémon on plates. In one diagonal stroke, you press the knife down to the spine. The next step is to slash its stomach open, starting from the head and going all the way to the anus. As you work, you pluck the insides out and run it under cold water, making sure that no guts are contaminating the meat.

Most of the Arrokuda you filet have full stomachs. Ones who gorge themselves turn sluggish and get caught by fishermen. As a result, they're a bit more annoying to clean than other fish Pokémon, as the spillage rate is higher.
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This one is below average, measuring 40 centimetres from tip to tail. You cut along the spine and drag the blade across the pin bones, before slapping the freed filet onto the counter. Scyther eyes the rest of the fish hopefully, practically begging you to let him rip into it. You ignore his gaze and slide your blade against the edges, trimming off loose bits and tossing them into a bucket. You flip it over and work on the other side, noting the wide spaces between the ribs that mark it as a predator fish. Scyther hisses softly, raising his own blades in anticipation.

"Have you sanitized your claws?"

"SCY!" Scyther lies, nodding his head enthusiastically.

"Go do it again."

Defeated, he waddles over to the rectangular basin and holds his claws over it, while you aim a jet of water and wash them clean. He then heads over to the cabinet-like box that you keep in the corner of the kitchen. Purple lights shine from within, and he sticks his limbs under them. While most Pokémon groom themselves, their limbs aren't quite clean enough to be used to cook with, unless you have proper sterilization. You make sure to keep on top of it, doing otherwise would violate food safety regulations. You continue to work on the Arrokuda while he waits the required two minutes under high-intensity ultra(Pokémon Scarlet and)violet.

While you wait, you pull a stool up and sit before the filet. Tweezers in your right hand, and the fish in the left, you get to work on removing the pinbones from the meat. It's a soft pink color when raw, with few blood lines and a lack of oiliness. It's firm, mild, and absolutely delicious. Once Scyther is done, you pass him the de-boned filet and allow him to cut it in half. You could easily do it with one stroke of the knife, but he absolutely loves the feeling of getting to help in the kitchen. Before he gets carried away and completely dices what's supposed to serve two into mincemeat, you whistle and redirect him to the other filet.

The refuse is emptied into the trash, and you take one filet away for salting and frying. The other goes into the fridge for later.

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You close up a bit earlier than yesterday. Closing for a little while has reduced your workload for the day. There's still not much time to do multiple things in one night. But as you wipe the tables down, you think about what you want to spend the rest of your free time doing.

>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.

>Look into the "Team Dash" article and find out more about them. It'll be a relaxing night of reading the news while making a hot drink for yourself.

>Plan out the weekend hunt. You'll spend the night at home working out what you can look for on Sunday.

>Revise your menu and take stock of what items are available on it.
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>>5508210
And Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you guys have had a good day, thanks for playing so far. The reception has been pretty intimidating, but also encouraging.
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>>5508210
>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.
Merry Christmas ChefQM.
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>>5508210
>high-intensity ultra(Pokémon Scarlet and)violet
Kek. Merry Christmas, QM!

>>5508210
>Revise your menu and take stock of what items are available on it.
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>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.
Merry Christmas, Chef
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>>5508210
>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.
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>>5508210
>>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.
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>>5508210
>>Plan out the weekend hunt. You'll spend the night at home working out what you can look for on Sunday.
needs to be done!
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>>5508210
>Plan out the weekend hunt. You'll spend the night at home working out what you can look for on Sunday.
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>>5508210
>Plan out the weekend hunt. You'll spend the night at home working out what you can look for on Sunday.
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>>5508210
>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.
Merry Christmas
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>>5508210
>Plan out the weekend hunt. You'll spend the night at home working out what you can look for on Sunday.
If we decide we need some food for bait, we can go grocery shopping afterward and pick up that at the same time. Also I can't remember if I've already voted, pls disregard if I have.
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Locking in Grocery shopping.
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>>5507559
It's not because of church, it holds true in areas of different denominations or areas with no particularly faithful population. It's entirely a matter of the order of the week and what's free and accessible time. Sunday morning/afternoon is still "the weekend." Sunday night, people don't want to go out as much because they have to go to work Monday. And Monday, nobody wants to get any food because they just spent a bunch of money over the weekend. I've worked in restaurants for a lot of my life and it holds generally true. Try to order pizza on a Monday.
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>Go shopping at the grocery store. There are things you'll want to pick up and restock. It's mostly unrelated to the business, you bulk buy actual cooking supplies, it's just personal groceries.

You clip Scyther's ball onto your belt and head into your truck again. After dusting off the passenger seat, you head for the store with a shopping list sitting snugly in your wallet. You need laundry supplies, cereal bars, milk, candy, desserts, and coffee powder. Maybe some canned pecha berries too, you quite like those. The trip there is uneventful. As usual, it's late at night by the time you can get some free time to yourself. Running a business is a lot harder than just working the floor, where you can clock out at six. Lobraise's shopping district has the grocery store and Pokémart in close proximity to each other, with the Pokémon Centre being a slightly larger distance away, in the central district.

As you head into the store, the fluorescent lights singe your eyes after driving on the dark road for so long. You squint as you make your way to the carts. Shopping might be relaxing if you weren't so starved for time constantly. It's only your second time in this store, and you haven't memorized where everything is. The best you can do is make sure you're heading for the right aisles. Light things first, then the heavy bottles of detergent and colour separating sheets. While you shop, you end up thinking of a couple more things that you want to grab, and your trip is extended even further. Ziploc bags, cling wrap, aluminium foil, some spare plastic bowls, you gather up way more than you expected.

Once you reach the counter, a familiar face greets you.

"Penny? Hi! You're out late."

Liam sits behind the counter, fresh-faced as always despite being on the night shift. Just how many jobs does this kid have?

"Hey. Just need to ring these up real quick. You work here too?"

"Pokémart in the mornings, usually. And here at night. It's not too different."

"Why don't you just work at one place for more shifts? Isn't it kinda weird to do two jobs that are pretty much the same anyway?"

He scratches the back of his head as he scans your carton of soda. The cowlick on his head looks exactly the same as it did in the morning, refusing to be smoothed down with the rest of his hair.

"Actually... The mart is doing a bit of a favour to me. They usually don't even need extra staffing. But the guy working the early shift was willing to let me try the job out."
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>>5508832
"Why do you want to work there in particular?" You inquire.

"Money, mostly. I want to be able to take care of myself. I want to be a trainer. A professional one. But my family isn't in the best spot for it, so I want to be able to finance my own journey."

You nod, helping to stuff the scanned items into paper bags. Most kids usually start their trips a lot earlier than that, then give up and go home with their experience. But then again, it's not uncommon for teens and adults to just be starting out. Rhodes is doing the same circuit, so that's probably why they hit it off so well. It only partially explains why he's working so hard, though. He's still in school. If he wants to go on a grand journey, he has plenty of time to save up. You don't pry any further, though, since you're in a hurry to get home and rest.

"Huh. Well, I'll make sure not to short-change you when you start. Monday morning, yeah?"

"Yeah! Gotcha. I'll be there." He replies, finishing the last of the bagging.

"Any questions you have, just message me."

"Sure thing. And your total will be..."

>Bond with Clerk Liam increased!

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You get home a bit earlier than yesterday. You have some time to watch TV, and Unova Sports Spectacular! is on. You leave it on while unpacking your groceries and getting chores done. You close early on Saturday, so you'll have a lot more free time tomorrow. For now, you reflect on what you've done today.

>Dine-and-Dash PSA read
>Interview conducted
>Hired Macy and Liam
>Bond with Liam established

You'll probably get a lot closer to the two of them as you work. Your dreams are peaceful that night.

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The next morning, you try out that coffee you just bought. It's a bit more fragrant than the previous brand, and you resolve to pay the extra hundred Pokédollars for this one in the future. You skim the papers on your phone while cooking some eggs and Lechonk bacon.

>Sauteton's Raucous Ranger busts Kangaskhan hunt!
>Picking your partner: How to find the right Pokémon for you.
>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
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>>5508833
>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
We might have trouble with our food source
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>>5508833
>Sauteton's Raucous Ranger busts Kangaskhan hunt!
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>>5508833
>>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
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>>5508833
>Sauteton's Raucous Ranger busts Kangaskhan hunt!
Let's learn more about what Pokémon are okay to kill and eat, and which aren't!
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>>5508833
>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
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I always wanted to play a game that was a mix of Monster Hunter and a Kitchens Hell but with Pokémon theme, thatbj you for writing this QM.
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>>5508833
>>Sauteton's Raucous Ranger busts Kangaskhan hunt!
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>>5508833
>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
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>>5508833
>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.
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Locking and writing.
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>Protest in Stewview halts traffic, vehicles vandalized.

Yesterday afternoon, transport trucks ground to a halt as protesters linked arms in the street and blocked off 81st Avenue, cutting off vehicle access to Gideon & Greedent's logistics headquarters. The company, specializing in TV dinners and pre-packaged meals, has recently come under fire after their decision to expand their range of meals to include Pidove.

"It's not about the process. We live with Pidove, we see them every day, my kids feed them on the way to school. How am I going to tell them that the new flavour at the market is made of them?" Commented one protestor, who refused to be named. "A lot of the youngsters start out their journeys by going to the park and catching their favourite Pidoves, once they're old enough to have Pokéballs. What's next? We start bagging the Pachirisu too?"

The protesters were dispersed after several members lost a Pokémon battle against a representative of the company. However, in the aftermath of the protest, it was discovered that multiple cars parked on the street had been damaged. Several had their windows broken, while others suffered paint scratches or were spray painted with various messages.

In recent years, the Pidove population of Stewview has increased by 170%. Constant feedings by the public have caused them to grow closer to humans. However, public disturbances caused by them and their evolutions reached record highs earlier this year, necessitating action by the city council.

Greedent of Gideon & Greedent had the following statement to make:

"Greedent."

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You rinse your coffee mug. Only a few weeks in and it's already stained. The news gets you thinking about how lucky you are to have specialized in Water type Pokémon. Your Master was the one who got you intrigued in it, and it was a stroke of good fortune that the majority of water types are considered acceptable to eat. In the process, you learned to cook a large variety of rock and ground types as well, due to their internal structure often overlapping with shelled water types. In particular, Wiglett and Diglett are quite similar, and knowing how to filet lengthy fish like Barboach allows you to apply it to Silicobra. Hopefully you don't step on many toes or sensibilities as you expand your restaurant.

Saturday morning is busy, since it's the weekend. You're getting a lot of a particular order today. When you comment on it, a customer comments on how its been recommended by others recently. You'll need to go cook another portion in the kitchen right now, and put a bit more focus on the process. And that dish is...

>Your Clampearl chowder.
>Roast Ducklett quinoa.
>Bucket o' Clauncher.
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>>5509025
>Your Clampearl chowder.
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>>5509025
>Your Clampearl chowder.
Making roast Ducklett seems like a bad idea with the protest about Pidoves going on.
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>>5509025
>Greedent of Gideon & Greedent had the following statement to make:
>"Greedent."
top kek

>Bucket o' Clauncher.
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>>5509025
>Roast Ducklett quinoa.
Let's get into the thick of it!
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>>5509025
>>Your Clampearl chowder.
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>>5509025
>>Roast Ducklett quinoa.
Early success will probably define the early vibe, the kinds of dishes Penny sells well and will make more of. I don't want to make her a fry shop or chowder stand owner, I'd kind of like her to find success with higher class fare, given she has a master/apprentice type background
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>>5509025
>Your Clampearl chowder.
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>>5509025
>Bucket o' Clauncher.

The chowder will probably win, but think how tasty those big meaty claws must be.
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>Roast Ducklett quinoa.
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>>5509025
>Roast Ducklett quinoa
Roast Duck(lett) is easy to fuck up, so I imagine mastering it is all the more impressive.
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>>5509025
>>Bucket o' Clauncher.
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>>5509025
>Roast Ducklett quinoa.
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Roast Ducklett wins. Writing once I’m back from the mall, where I went to get something small for the update.
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>Roast Ducklett quinoa.

You're particularly proud of the roast Ducklett. Your master is an expert in Water types, but more specifically, he's a pro at dealing with fish. Learning the process of cooking Ducklett is something you've learnt and refined independently. It's something that you can clearly mark out as your signature dish for now. To hear that customers are recommending it brings you no small amount of joy. You head into the kitchen to prepare more.

Unlike fish, which you can filet in a fairly short time, Ducklett takes quite a while to prepare. The first step is to snap the legs off at the first joint and pull the sinew away. Depending on the style of cooking, the wings and head are sometimes removed. You know that the legs can be cooked as well, but you're not too fussed about making use of them. Your style involves leaving the head on, but cutting off the first wing joint. Then you pluck it clean. The blue feathers are desirable to some, so you usually toss them in a bucket after you're done.

Next is the gutting. Over the years, you've noticed that the gastroliths in their stomachs all seem strangely similar regardless of where you get the farmed supply from. After some investigation, you realised that the gravel and grit often had rounded edges and a pale color, and concluded that they must be smashed everstones. Once they evolve to Swanna, they become legally protected, and farms are required to turn them over into the custody of adoption centres. The stones must be a measure to prevent this evolution. You're not sure how effective this is when crushed, though, but they work just as well to help them digest peat moss.

Marinating and hanging the meat comes next. You rub it with a spice mix, both inside and out, before stitching it up using a skewer and poaching the skin with another mix of onions sauce, vinegar, and wine. Once it's taut, you leave it to hang for several hours. Hanging it is exactly what it sounds like. That's why you keep the drying cabinet locked and out of sight. Patrons might blow a gasket if they walk in and see the actual meat dangling from a hook. You only serve it past noon, when you've had time to roast and prepare everything. There's also a limited amount you can sell, as focusing on filling an entire locker with Ducklett would mean having no time to prepare fish and seafood.

Finally, after you cut the roasted meat up, you serve it on quinoa. People typically enjoy roast bird with rice. However, you find that the Water type energy lingering in the Ducklett gives it a juiciness and water content that makes rice too soggy and wet when eaten in the same mouthful. Quinoa, with its shorter grains, suffers less from this.
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By the time the store closes in the afternoon, you're sold out of Ducklett. Some of the people who came for it are disappointed, but decide to order other dishes since they're already here. Veluza filet is one of the most basic picks for fish, and its been sitting nicely in second place. You lock up and begin cleaning, while Scyther rifles through the kitchen. The roasted Ducklett heads are for him, and he enjoys crunching them throughout the day. Plenty of calcium for his exoskeleton.

You finally have some free time to yourself. There are some miscellaneous errands that need doing, that you haven't been able to make time for during the week, so you can pursue them in the afternoon. There'll be time in the evening to do something else as well.

>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.

>Plan for tomorrow and get some prep done ahead of time. With a specific goal, you'll be able to take measures instead of going for a generalist approach.

>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.

>Select a news article to go back and read.

>Write-In
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>>5509521
>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.
Everything else is nice, but this is essential.
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>>5509521
>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.
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>>5509521
>>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.
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>>5509521
>>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.
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>>5509521
>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.

>After some investigation, you realised that the gravel and grit often had rounded edges and a pale color, and concluded that they must be smashed everstones
I can't tell if this horrifies me or not.
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>>5509521
>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.
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>>5509521
>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.
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Menu it is, for the first time slot. Writing!
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>Look over the menu, you have two new employees coming in on Monday. You should work out what duties can be assigned to them safely, and what you want to do by yourself.

You decide to review your menu. It's not a huge range, since you have to deal with everything yourself, but you have a decent spread of fish and assorted Water types. The very first thing is soup and garlic bread. Bread is frozen, you just heat it up and serve it along with the cream of mushroom and Clampearl chowder. You think you can let them handle it. It's pretty easy, and there's no special touch you put on it.

Next up is appetizers. Cheese sticks are a classic, and also come from wholesalers. Salad is a freebie, throw some veggies and sauce on and voila. A lot of it is easy to make. You'll have Liam do the soup and Macy the appetizers, most likely. There's the garlic herb Shellder and Corphish Cocktail, which you insist on getting fresh instead of frozen. You'll want to handle those yourself, but they can make sauce. And anything else like assorted battered vegetables and berries can be done easily.

For main courses, you have some pasta and grain-based dishes, as well as platters of fish with sides. Some of your more common picks are Basculin, Veluza, Barraskewda and Arrokuda. They're the most common and inoffensive Pokémon to the customer's palate. You also have various shellfish, such as Clauncher and Krabby, which are a bit more expensive. A simple and popular dish is the 'Bucket O' Clauncher', which has all sorts of seafood thrown into a sauce filled bucket. Some berries, some corn, and voila. You want to handle the meat yourself, but some parts of the prep can be left to them without much worry. Like the pasta and rice.

As for dessert and drinks, you don't make your own. All of it is purchased in bulk and marked up, like lemonade and Casteliacone™ branded ice cream. They can just grab them from the fridge easily.
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While you're at it, you take a look at the Wokhei Parks and Wildlife Association's website, making sure to keep up with the ledger. It's not updated with major changes often, apart from the recent legalization of Pidove meat, but has seasonal changes and regulations on the sizes of certain water Pokémon that can be caught.

Some seafood items you could add to your menu without trouble are Magikarp, Feebas, Wishiwashi, and the Barboach and Remoraid family. There are some more that are legal, but challenging or specific to cook. Pyukumuku, for example, is usually sliced and cooked in a thick stock that's more popular in Eastern restaurants, which serve Sharpedo fin and Chewtle soup. Frillish is served chilled and marinated, once the poison is washed away. Tentacool and Qwilfish require licenses that you don't have. All dishes that don't fit into a small fish and chips joint. Your master's own joint was a sushi place, and the type of food he serves is very different from your restaurant (still named Penny's).

>Small narrative break for this update. Feel free to ask about specific Pokémon and their legal status while we're on the topic. Especially other water types.
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>>5509815
>Squirtle, Empoleon, Seal
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>>5509818
In general, starters are all illegal to cook and eat due to being rare. They have a sort of protected status, even if some would make for great meat (Torchic).

Seel and Spheal are only legal to hunt seasonally, on opposite ends of the year. I'd use real seals as the guide for them, and only younglings of a certain age can be killed for pelts and such. The meat isn't wasted. Trainers usually take the opportunity to catch them in balls (which is legal year round) and trade them away before these mass hunts, and there are activist groups who go out to catch as many as they can and release them only after hunting season. Killing them is looked down on, though, and it could cause controversy.
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>>5509815
How would cooking a legendary water type be seen?
Other than that I'm curious about Gyarados, Tentacruel/cool, Vaporeon, and Luvdisk.
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>>5509815
>look into what water pokemon are not fair game for food in this region and town, do the same thing for bird pokemon since you have been dabbling in that type as well.

>consider naming your place before it gets branded as penny's by the locals. Captain Ps?
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Lapras, Poliwhirl evo line, Corphish, Lotad line
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>>5509815
The wailmer line, psyduck, slowpoke/slowbro, cloyster and sharpedo
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>>5509815
Also what about the Pidgey line, Shroomis Delibird, Sprionk/Grumpig, Tropius, Ponyta/Rapidash, Mudbay/Mudsdale and of course Miltank/Taurus Farfetch’d and Sirfetch’d?
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Cooking a legendary would definitely create a massive uproar, due to possibly causing an extinction. Would be insanely lucrative though.

Gyarados would be edible and taste as good as any big fish/reptile might. But there are risks concerning specifically going out and hunting them, which could enrage an already schizophrenic murder monster. So they're illegal to HUNT, but not to eat, because if a Gyarados attacks a city and gets put down, might as well, right?

Tentacool/cruel are edible, but preparation is difficult and requires expertise. It'd be treated similarly to fugu. Some Pokemon would need special licenses to cook, if the meat poses an actual hazard while remaining edible.

Vaporeon is like eating a dog, so it's illegal. Luvdisc aren't protected but because they represent romance, they'd be one of those things that would cause a ton of controversy.

>>5509863

Lapras is critically endangered, so it'd be illegal.

Poliwag is edible and legal. Poliwhirl and wrath are not, because they grow significantly more humanoid. They'd probably have some mild medicinal properties, like being used as a sleep aid. As palatable as frog once the skin is scraped and slime is cleared. Chewy. The 3rd stages require special items, making them even rarer and high-effort. I'm going by manga rules where trade evos and stones aren't 100% necessary to evolve them, but still work.

Corphish and Crawdaunt are fine, just big shellfish. They're invasive too, so if not caught by trainers, they'd be caught by chefs.

Lotad would be in the exact same boat as Poliwag.

>>5509873

Wailmer is probably contentious. Whaling legality would depend on region. The dex says that Wailord becomes a problem sometimes, though, so there'd be seasonal legal whaling expeditions, that are regulated. Going out and poaching them is still a no no.

Psyduck, despite being clearly good meat, is illegal due to its psychic potential. In general, it's illegal to eat most psychic Pokemon due to them being seen as far more intelligent and closer to humans. And while Psyduck isn't psychic type, its theming has some overlap with this. While it's illegal, Psyduck and Golduck are often poached anyway, because they do have good quality meat. They're entry-level food in the gourmand black market.

Shellder is edible. But according to Pokedex lore, nobody has ever seen the inside of a Cloyster, implying that nobody has ever been able to hunt or kill one due to their shell being incredibly strong. I'd say it's perfectly edible if one goes through the ordeal of getting it open.

Sharpedo is probably a vulnerable/recovering, but not protected species, so catching them would be somewhat regulated due to them being endangered in the past. I'd say you could do whatever with it if you killed one that was being a dickhead and trying to capsize your boat, but going out on fishing trips means limits on catches are imposed, to stop the excess fin harvesting again.
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>>5509901
Pidgey is A-OK all around.

Shroomish would taste great, Breloom would be harder to catch, but it's probably fine.

Spoink line is illegal, due to being psychic types.

Tropius is illegal due to popularity, and due to already providing food for people. It's seen as cruel and greedy to kill one for its meat when it already shares fruits.

Ponyta/Rapidash is technically legal to eat, but isn't mass-farmed for meat.

Same with Mudsdale, but they taste like absolute dogshit because they're completely filled with mud all the time.

Milktank and Tauros are eaten. Farfetch'd is eaten, but Sirfetch'd has a sort of symbolic significance. I think in general, Jobmon, hugely popular ones, or Pokemon that strongly represent something are made illegal to eat.
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nice very nice also glad to see everyone's ~favorite~ water doggo is protected. this is all very good info
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>>5509932
Yeah it's like killing a hooker in GTA
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>>5509912
Objecting about Lapras rarity : Picrel
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>>5509941
>Overabundance
Oh, nice. I didn't note that word when I saw mention of their population recovering. In that case, yeah I'd say that there'd still be the stigma against eating them, but people are starting to hunt for meat again.
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>>5509939
>Yeah it's like killing a hooker in GTA

a hooker you say
(͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖)

hey, anons did you know that...
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>>5509958
Yes I do know, unfortunately
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>>5509968
ha QM set me up perfectly I had to make the joke.
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>>5509815
what about corsola?

and are ghost types considered 'close' to humans the same as psychics?
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>>5510010
Corsola is inedible. As for ghost types, it depends. Some aren't even biological, and those that are often aren't considered close to humans, unlike things like Yamask. A lot more variation as compared to psychic types, which have the general intelligence to comprehend the terror of being hunted and eaten.
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>>5509815
How about surskit? I imagine their syrup is at least useful
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How about Slowpoke tails specifically, Shellos, Alomomola, Mantine, and Tatsugiri.
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>>5509815
Given that Veluza fillets and regenerates itself, but is psychic, is its flesh harvested from living Pokemon?
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>>5509815
azurill line? i assume they are mostly like rabbits and mice and are seen as okay but maybe not because of the whole friendship evo but then again thats only for the special baby evo so ???
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One thing that bother me a bit here, Slowpoke tails are editable, and in one of the new series they are used in curry and there are references to the tails growing back over time, so my question is, in this setting are there a industrialized farms where they kept tons of Slowpokes to harvest their tails or are they pretty excursively "free-range" ? but than again Slowepokes are part psychic so dunno, maybe the "no psychic pokemon" rule would apply to their evolution and non-tail based body parts?
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>>5510061
Surskit is useful, yeah. Generally, those sweet syrups can be used in baking, like the Bug leader from SV.

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>>5510210

There are some exceptions in psychic types. Slowpoke is one of them. It and Veluza have renewable meat. Veluza in particular is easy. Imagine being able to just pick a whole filet off it and instantly sell it. They're killed rarely, but it's seen as a waste. I think the difference between team Rocket in G/S and Slowpoke eating in other games is that they were cutting the tails off, rather than letting them drop. There'd probably be a mix of industrial farms and ranches, but the farms would have to wait for them to fall off, like a chicken laying eggs.

Shellos is inedible, can't do much with sea slugs. Alomomola is like a sea-chansey/audino that heals people, so it'd be a dick move to eat them, but I imagine it would taste pretty good, and some people hunt them. Stingray is fucking delicious, and I was thinking about how it'd be popular, but I remember the Mantine line working pretty closely with people and being used to dive in the anime and other games. I'd say legal, but extremely contentious, like eating a dolphin.

And speaking of Dolphin, finizen line would be illegal too.

I think Tatsugiri would be legal, yeah. They're very common and tiny, no issues there. Dondozo would be edible too.

>>5510271
They're the cute and friendly mascot types, so killing them would be bad, yeah.
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>>5509815
Barboach/whismur, feebas/milotic and wishiwashi?
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>>5510599

Barboach and whiscash would be edible, yeah. Catfish. I'd imagine barboach would be kinda eel-like in preparation, almost? Whiscash would probably be in the same boat as Gyarados, where it'd be illegal to hunt because some dumbass poacher pissing it off could cause a three-mile earthquake. But eating it if it's already dead is fine.

I'm going with the interpretation of Feebas and Milotic being incredibly rare and hard to cultivate. Like how friendship evolution mons are a lot of effort just for meals. Feebas would taste like shit due to being carp that eat garbage, and Milotic would taste absolutely divine. But they'd mostly be kidnapped from trainers and killed, rather than hunted in the wild. It'd definitely be illegal to eat such a beautiful thing, and even though Feebas doesn't have the same protection, it's undesirable anyway.

Yeah Wishiwashi is fine in all its iterations.

Closing questions! I'll start on the update now.
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>>5510602
You spend the afternoon reviewing new options and refreshing yourself on things that are legal to add to the menu. You think having some Pidgey on the side might be good, to go along with fish. You know that steak isn't that hard to make, for surf and turf, but it's not your specialty. Seel season is soon, but they're very far up North. Shipping costs to get down here will be high. And you don't want to step on any toes while you're so new in town either. The list of fish that are unproblematic to add remains roughly the same. Maybe if you can get a reliable supplier, you could start stocking Slowpoke tails, those are always a delicacy.

The sun is starting to set now. Your training plan for the new hires is outlined pretty well, so you decide to take the rest of the evening to yourself.

>Spend time catching up with people you already know, like your Master and family.

>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.

>Go out into town, but spend some time with Scyther. The park is the usual place to go for that.

>Write-In (Options from previous votes are still valid)

2 more updates today, this one doesn't count.
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>>5510607
Can we make ourselves dinner at home with our groceries and teach Scyther chopping skills there? We can put on a rerun of Brycen-Man or another classic while we eat.
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>>5510607
>>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.
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>>5510607
>Write-in
>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.
I still like the idea of teaching him some skills.
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>>5510607
>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.
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>>5510607
>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.
Get friendly with the locals.
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>>5510607
>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.
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>>5510607
>Write-in
>Train Scyther in the kitchen. His cutting is effective, but he lacks refinement. He'll never be able to reach the same level of dexterity as you, but he can at least be trained to dice things better and cut meat up without brutalizing it. This does not affect his hunting performance.
How will he cut shit precisely if he ever becomes Scizor?
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>>5510686

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Locking in heading to town.
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>Go out into town to meet new people. The bar might be a good place.

You get up and stretch for a couple seconds. The research has taken a little bit, and you've gotten lost in reading other articles along the way. You don't want to make your own dinner after cooking for the past week, so you decide to head out into town. Getting a couple drinks and meeting new people at the bar might be nice. You sift through your wardrobe for some time and decide on a long-sleeved striped top, with horizontal black lines on white fabric, casual dark grey pants, and teal flats. You comb your hair in the mirror, eyeing the doorway every so often and listening to Scyther make some weird clang in the other room.

At the start of your apprenticeship, you dyed your hair blonde to celebrate. But you haven't had the time to redye it, busy as you were with kitchen duties, and your natural brown roots have grown out again. The top half of the yellow hair is splashed with a flat brown layer, like a cup of flan. It looks fine you suppose, and you don't mind sticking with it till you can think of something better. Once you make sure you're ready, you grab your keys, Pokéball, purse and phone, then head outside. No taking your truck today, since you're planning on having a drink or two. You let Scyther out of his ball and whip your phone out, consulting the GPS as you head down to the bar.

There are a couple different locations you can visit. You remember having a few names mentioned to you while you were settling in. All of them are quite a distance away, and you're glad that your shoes are comfortable. Scyther stays close behind you on the sidewalk as you pick out where you're going to for dinner.

>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.

>The Phantom Pourhouse. This place is themed pretty strongly. You've seen a few photos of it online, and it seems like the owner is a ghost-type enthusiast. The photos from inside look dimly lit, with lots of black and purple hues. Not as popular as Dragon's Den, but still has decent reviews.

>Poké Martini, which is a bar franchise that has the league as a sponsor. It was built around the same time as the abandoned railway project. It's shinier and newer, and is familiar to travellers and younger folk. You've been to other branches before, but never this one.
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>>5510714
>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.
I feel like being a noob in town it would be a good idea to get general feel the town and its people from the old timers. Also maybe there are some rumors and whispers on local seasonal Pokemons to hunt and cook that are only know to people whom lived here for a pretty long time.
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>>5510714
>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.
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>>5510714
>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.
Start where everybody else does
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>At the start of your apprenticeship, you dyed your hair blonde to celebrate. But you haven't had the time to redye it, busy as you were with kitchen duties, and your natural brown roots have grown out again. The top half of the yellow hair is splashed with a flat brown layer, like a cup of flan
When will Penny Pudding evolve into Penny "GIGA" Pudding? And what will it take? Giga Impact or Giga Drain? :^)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sEI1AUFJKw
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>>5510714
>>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.

this is the path to old blood politicing power
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>>5510714
>Poké Martini, which is a bar franchise that has the league as a sponsor. It was built around the same time as the abandoned railway project. It's shinier and newer, and is familiar to travellers and younger folk. You've been to other branches before, but never this one.
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>>5510714
>Dragon's Den
Ghosts are spooky and franchises are soulless.
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Dragon's Den it is.
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If she loses a hunt and gets eaten by wild Pokemon, it'll be like that part where all the kids start ripping into the pudding with spoons. So probably then.

>Dragon's Den, a rustic-looking pub that's more popular with the older generation. Lobraise is old, and underdeveloped, so this is one of the bars that has been around for a long time. It's well-liked due to being an omnipresent local institution, and is considered the go-to place in town for locals.

The Den is probably the most popular spot for good reason, you should go there first. Once you see the bar, you return Scyther to his ball and stand at the street corner to take a look. It has three floors, which makes it taller than about two thirds of the buildings in the area. If it's anything like your restaurant, the top would be for the residents. For a family that's lived here for such a long time, inviting patron into their bar is almost like receiving them into their own home. And indeed, as you push the door open, you get a warm, homely vibe from it. The countertops are varnished wood, and the floorboards are sturdy beneath your feet. The walls are darkened oak, and various posters and paintings line them. Orange light shines down on you, and when you turn your head upwards, you see the weathered skull of a Dragonite over the doorway, with two lanterns for eyes. The titular Dragon, you presume. In one corner, there's an old wood burner, disused in the summer heat. You can imagine it being a roaring fireplace in the winter. Every inch of the place is filled with character, from the trophies and trinkets fastened in high-up alcoves, to the winding carvings that cut across each wooden column.

Up ahead is the bar, where a man with a thick white beard and hefty mutton chops is pouring drinks. The place is bustling right now, on Saturday night, and plenty of eyes turn towards you as you make your appearance. A few townsfolk idly wave at you. You return the gesture with a light smile on your face, and step towards the counter. You order something light to start off: A Pinap Colada. As you sip on it, your eyes rove across the room. This place must be at least a century old, from the look of some of the antiques lying around. There's even a jukebox in this day and age. Your own restaurant has nowhere near this much character. It certainly gets you thinking about how long you want to stay, and whether you want to permanently settle it in this town, open a chain, become a high-class place, or simply try to make a livelihood out of it. But you don't spend too much time harping on that, that's for when you're not about to get tipsy.
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>>5510903

Drinking all alone is kinda sad, and you don't plan to stay too late anyway. So you quickly look for anyone who you recognize. There are a few familiar faces who you take note of, who've been to your store. While they exchange friendly gestures, none of them invite you to come join them just yet, and you don't want to barge in on them either. Several people in the bar are either alone, or stand out in some way, and you decide it'd be appropriate to approach one of them.

>The bartender. He stops to chat with people every so often, and has long talks with patrons between serving drinks. You'd like to get to know him a bit better, since this place is a family business. You can order dinner at the same time.

>A server with purple hair and a barmaid dress, styled into two large loops that hang down her back. She has a Smoochum tucked under one arm and a Chingling resting on her head, while she laughs and twirls through the room, serving people their food. More than a few stop to chat and pet the Baby Pokémon.

>Brady! He's with a group of friends, but he greeted you loudly by name when you made eye contact with him, causing more than a few people to turn their heads and look. You were a little embarrassed by that, but you take it to mean he's fine with you just coming over whenever, even if he's not by himself.

>A guy with salt and pepper hair, sitting at the counter and surrounded by empty glasses. His suit looks like it was once high quality, but has since fallen on hard times, with rips and stains all over the fabric. He has a few dusty ribbons pinned to the front of the shirt, which you notice when he whirls around to march to the bathroom every so often.

>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.
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>>5510906
>Brady! He's with a group of friends, but he greeted you loudly by name when you made eye contact with him, causing more than a few people to turn their heads and look. You were a little embarrassed by that, but you take it to mean he's fine with you just coming over whenever, even if he's not by himself.
M-maybe we can make friends with his friends
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>>5510906
>>The bartender. He stops to chat with people every so often, and has long talks with patrons between serving drinks. You'd like to get to know him a bit better, since this place is a family business. You can order dinner at the same time.
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>>5510906
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.
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>>5510906
>>A server with purple hair and a barmaid dress, styled into two large loops that hang down her back. She has a Smoochum tucked under one arm and a Chingling resting on her head, while she laughs and twirls through the room, serving people their food. More than a few stop to chat and pet the Baby Pokémon.
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>>5510906
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.

wanna get to know a few more people in town and this on seems the most intresting .

pretty sure we will meet Brady again in the future
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>>5510906
>The bartender. He stops to chat with people every so often, and has long talks with patrons between serving drinks. You'd like to get to know him a bit better, since this place is a family business. You can order dinner at the same time.

Gotta have some nosh
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>>5510906
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.
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>>5510906
>A server with purple hair and a barmaid dress, styled into two large loops that hang down her back. She has a Smoochum tucked under one arm and a Chingling resting on her head, while she laughs and twirls through the room, serving people their food. More than a few stop to chat and pet the Baby Pokémon.
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>>5510906
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.
time to get lai- make more acquaintances!
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>>5510906
>A guy with salt and pepper hair, sitting at the counter and surrounded by empty glasses. His suit looks like it was once high quality, but has since fallen on hard times, with rips and stains all over the fabric. He has a few dusty ribbons pinned to the front of the shirt, which you notice when he whirls around to march to the bathroom every so often.

No love for the salaryman
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>>5510906
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times

>>5511124
Too early in the quest to get fucked
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>>5511516
Maybe with that attitude.
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>>5511516
you'd be surprised the stuff you can do with enough alcohol, desperation and consent
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>>5510977

>>5510989
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>>5511516

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>>5511123

Locking in suit man.
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>>5511547
>The handsome looking redhead in a business suit, who's speaking animatedly to a group of young adults. They look around your age. Every so often, his eyes seem to flicker towards you and linger for a moment. You stare at each other more than a few times.

You eventually decide to slide closer to the stranger. He looks particularly well-dressed, and has a high-collar shirt on beneath the black blazer. You settle into the spot by the counter a few seats over, and can't help but overhear a little bit of the conversation he's having with the locals

"No, no, he's not a battler. Just look at him. Man doesn't know a Hyperbeam from a Headbutt." He quips.

"But his Pokéballs- Look at them. Luxury balls, and four of them." One young fellow counters.

You follow their line of sight, and your gaze ends up on the dusty-looking man who's drinking himself silly at the counter right now. Seems like they're talking about him. He's none the wiser, chugging down another beer and mumbling to the worried-looking couple next to him. He definitely has a different aura from most of the others in the bar. He's not here to have a good time, he's here in an attempt to escape a bad one. It's a bit sad to watch, and you avert your eyes, only to end up staring at the redhead again.

"Trust me. I have an eye for people. The balls don't mean he's a pro trainer. The opposite, if anything- you. Miss?"

"Me?" You shift in your seat to face him."

"Yes, you. I'd like you to weigh in on something for me. We can't quite seem to agree."

"Is this about that guy?" You ask, jerking a thumb towards him.

"Ah- don't point. Let's not let him know we're making guesses. But yes, him. I want to know... Does he look like a fighter to you? These folks here wager that he does. But I'm certain of the opposite."

You stare at the drunkard again, squinting hard as you take in the various details of his attire. You pay particular attention to the ribbons and ripped tassels, finding them familiar.

You've seen outfits like this before. Where was it? Tv? Some kind of stage, flashy performances...

"I don't think so." You declare. The redhead clasps his hands together in satisfaction, as the three others turn to look at you.

"Why's that?" One asks.

"He just doesn't look the part. Too... flashy? And not in the way gym trainers are. It looks like something a performer would wear."

The redhead grasps the bottle of apicot wine in front of him. Wordlessly, one of the trio extends their glass, and he pours some out for them. He offers the bottle to you, along with an empty cup.

"Wonderful. And if you had to guess what he actually did for a living, what would you say?"
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>>5511657

Your attention turns towards him one last time, taking it in yet again. Finally, when he turns to head for the men's room, you catch sight of the faded gold on one of his ribbons. You gain a burst of confidence and turn towards the redhead.

"Coordinator. Contest coordinator."

A great, big smile crosses his roguish face, as though you've passed some hidden test. He turns towards the three, who are now watching the man stumble to the bathroom with renewed interest.

"Huh. I kinda see it."
"Yeah. That's a contest ribbon, she's right."
"Damn."

He raises his glass at you, prompting you to scrabble for the bottle and tip some wine into it for a quick cheer.

"Very good eye for people, it seems. I don't think we've gotten your name just yet. Miss...?"

"Penny." You reply, taking a sip of the wine. It's sweet. Must be the blue half of the berry, despite the label showing the entire thing. "Not for people, specifically. Just details."

"Details? What do you do for a living, may I ask?"

"I run a restaurant in town. I've just moved in. Penny's? Any of you guys been?"

All four of them shake their heads. The red-haired man eyes down the coordinator as you speak, his eyes locked on his back as he stumbles through the toilet door for the umpteenth time.

"I'm afraid not. My name is

Harry. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance, Penny." He says, glancing at you out of the corner of his eye. "You live here, you said?"

You nod and take another sip of the wine. "Yeah. What about you? Dressed a bit too well for a tiny town."

"A good eye once again. I'm just passing through. Thought I'd come check out the local watering hole and whatnot." He says.

"Where you headed? Simmersand?"

"Oh, no. I've just come from Stewview. I'm going North, to Roastville. Only going to be here till next Sunday. I have some errands I'd like to run locally. So- you said you were a chef?"
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You spend about an hour and a half more at the bar, chatting with Harry and some other strangers intermittently. He seems rather interested in the world of Pokémon cooking, stating that it's something he hasn't put much thought into before. He's not too put off by it either. You tell him about what it's like to work the kitchen with Scyther, who he takes an interest in. They're rather rare Pokémon around these parts, and he comments on how he has a colleague who owns a Scizor. He also shares a few anecdotes from his own job selling repels. Before you part for the night, he reaches into his coat and presses an unopened bottle into your hands.

"Here, have this- No, I insist! A gift from me. I'd like to come by your restaurant sometime, have a taste of your cooking. Do take care on the way home, will you?"

>Repel gained!
>Bond with Office Worker Harry increased!

With that, you start on the journey home, slightly woozy, but still capable of taking care of yourself. Just for added security, you keep Scyther out of his ball, and he trots along behind you while the two of you return to the restaurant. As soon as you get home, you take a shower and do some light packing. Tomorrow afternoon, you'll be going hunting, so you make yourself some hot tea and then head to bed before midnight.

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In the morning, your mouth feels dry and gross. The bitter tinge of alcohol cakes your tongue. Normally, you'd lounge around in bed for a bit, but you've had it drilled into you by your Master to take hunting days seriously. So you pull yourself out from beneath your fluffy blanket and head for the bathroom to gargle. You get started on making yourself a simple breakfast of cereal and coffee, along with a lighter meal for Scyther. He hunts better when hungry. You haven't taken the time to specifically scout out a target this week, so you'll just be heading down to the winding route between Lobraise and Stewview, where all sorts of wild Pokémon can be found. There, whatever you catch will end up on this week's special menu.

You get into the truck and head towards the hunting grounds, making sure everything is packed and ready to go.

>Head for a popular hunting spot. There's a possibility that you'll meet others while out on about, and get a chance to be more familiar with the local scene. However, that means there's competition, whether it's people scaring away prey, fighting for the capture, or keeping an eye out for any illegal catches.

>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.
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>>5511661
>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.
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>>5511661
also. repel fun. gonna guess its for that feature of only encounter pokemon higher level than your party. risky play for high rewards. dont see why else its of use for a chef. unless for maybe pest control?

but anyway would like to know either way
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>>5511661
>Head for a popular hunting spot. There's a possibility that you'll meet others while out on about, and get a chance to be more familiar with the local scene. However, that means there's competition, whether it's people scaring away prey, fighting for the capture, or keeping an eye out for any illegal catches.
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>>5511661
>Head for a popular hunting spot. There's a possibility that you'll meet others while out on about, and get a chance to be more familiar with the local scene. However, that means there's competition, whether it's people scaring away prey, fighting for the capture, or keeping an eye out for any illegal catches.
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>>5511661
>>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.
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>>5511661
>>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.
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>>5511661
>Head for a popular hunting spot. There's a possibility that you'll meet others while out on about, and get a chance to be more familiar with the local scene. However, that means there's competition, whether it's people scaring away prey, fighting for the capture, or keeping an eye out for any illegal catches.
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>>5511661
>>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.
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>>5511661
>Head for a popular hunting spot. There's a possibility that you'll meet others while out on about, and get a chance to be more familiar with the local scene. However, that means there's competition, whether it's people scaring away prey, fighting for the capture, or keeping an eye out for any illegal catches.
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Rolled 1 (1d2)

>>5511668

It's mainly to keep weaker things away, yeah. Just a tool that you have now. Might come in handy later on. Rolling for tiebreaker.

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>Go somewhere more secluded. The wilderness is big, and it'd be easy to get lost in it. You can find a spot where there's not likely to be anyone else, so you can really let loose and do whatever you want. There'll be nobody to bail you out, but there won't be any interference.

Somewhere quiet it is. You pick up your gear and load it in your truck, taking several trips to get everything in there. You have a few large coolers, a bunch of pre-sterilized tarps and clean lining for your truckbed, ice, your butchering tools, rope, a shovel, all sorts of equipment needed to hunt in the wilderness. You don't have any weapons on you apart from a captive bolt pistol locked away in a box. That's not something to be shown to the general public, and you take good care of the device. Scyther will be your main weapon on this hunt.

Once everything is ready, you turn your keys in the ignition and head out of town. Scyther quivers in his ball, barely managing to contain his excitement. Its been quite a while since he got to go all out. You wish he'd have some more restraint, but it's hard to hold him back when his limbs are gigantic blades. The meat always ends up messed up in some way when he dispatches a wild Pokémon. Sometimes the blood gets everywhere. Sometimes he splits organs open and contaminates the edible portions. Sometimes pieces are missing or gnawed on before you can start cleaning it properly. It's quite the ordeal. You wouldn't trade him in for anything, though.

>Scyther Lv. 16 : Calm nature. Highly curious.
-Fury Cutter
-Quick Attack
-Wing Attack
-Double Team

On the way out of town, you pass by several vehicles. Once the sidewalk turns into a dirt road, you start to see people walking instead of driving, making their journeys in and out of town on foot for some reason or another. You pull off to the side and head down a forest trail. Old tire tracks and Pokémon prints are imprinted into the dirt. It's a path that's travelled less often, clearly, and you can't exactly examine the tracks while behind the wheel. Once you go further in, the canopy casts a shadow over your vehicle. Dappled spots mark the dusty road, and you roll down the window to take in the smell of the forest for a brief moment.
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>>5511834
You stop your vehicle in a clearing. You'll want to wander deeper in until you encounter something that looks interesting. You roughly know what you're allowed to hunt as wild game, and what's forbidden. If you're unsure, you don't fight it. Or at least just have Scyther knock it out instead of killing it. A major problem is being unable to find something that's appropriate to serve at your restaurant. You have a seafood theme. Suddenly serving up a Deerling steak is a bit strange, and out of your field of expertise. Your customer base might also not enjoy having certain items present on the menu, even just as a Monday or Tuesday special. Up above, you hear Bug and Flying Pokémon chirping. That's always decently easy to gather up, and you could get a large portion. You could also go look for something more exotic. Miraculously running into a Farfetch'd would boost your quinoa quality by a ton.

Due to not having done your research on the area, you aren't completely aware of what can be found here. You'll just have to wing it without having a singular target in mind. You and Scyther start moving through the trees, keeping an eye out for any notable Pokémon.

>Hunt for bugs. You vill eat ze bugs. Insect Pokémon are common, even though they're highly unpalatable to many people. If you can find one that won't gross people out, there's sure to be more around.

>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.

>Look for something larger and ground-bound. There's the chance that whatever you track might not be appropriate, either due to its status or your restaurant theme, but it'll provide more meat as a singular specimen than bugs and birds.

Bonus: For the next few updates, if the majority of the players vote to activate the Repel at that point of time, Penny will use it.

>Repel: Use this item at any time to prevent low-levelled Pokémon from showing up. Finding an opportune moment will net the best results.
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>>5511835
>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
Let's save the repel for a special/important occasion.
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>>5511835
>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
Easy
>You vill eat ze bugs
One Kalosian banker said this one day, and the Pokemon world was never the same again
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>>5511835
>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.

save the repel
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>>5511835
>Look for something larger and ground-bound. There's the chance that whatever you track might not be appropriate, either due to its status or your restaurant theme, but it'll provide more meat as a singular specimen than bugs and birds.

Maybe we'll luck out and find a rock pokemon, although Scyther isn't exactly well suited for fighting them. Maybe we should take the time to capture a water pokemon of our own.
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>>5511835
>Look for something larger and ground-bound. There's the chance that whatever you track might not be appropriate, either due to its status or your restaurant theme, but it'll provide more meat as a singular specimen than bugs and birds.
Let's just get a feel for local fauna, if nothing else. And hey, if we find soemthing useful to our purposes but unsuitable for eating, maybe we can just catch it?
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>>5511835
>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
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>>5511835
>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
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>>5511835
>Look for something larger and ground-bound. There's the chance that whatever you track might not be appropriate, either due to its status or your restaurant theme, but it'll provide more meat as a singular specimen than bugs and birds.

Time to serve up some woopper tartare
Or fried Quagsire cutlets
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>>5511859
What sort of party do we even go for? We're already locked in to Scyther/Scizor., so that leaves 5. Penny's specialty is Water, so she's good at cooking up Water types AND types Water beats (Fire, Ground, and Rock, but bad at cooking up types that resist Water (Grass and Dragon. These are based on attack not defense, so I have no clue how Penny's expertise works with Electric types (Water weak to) and Ice and Steel (Water resists).
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>>5511835
>Hunt for bugs. You vill eat ze bugs. Insect Pokémon are common, even though they're highly unpalatable to many people. If you can find one that won't gross people out, there's sure to be more around.
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>>5511835
>>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
Given how Scyther's been described, I wouldn't have guessed he's Calm natured. I guess another nature would be even rowdier
>>5512009
Maybe a crew of pokemon for various kitchen tasks. Like Scyther's knife hands are for hunting and mise-en-place, and the second addition is a fire type of some kind, to do all the various heating jobs.
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>>5512177
I feel like the stoves and ovens will do a fine job of heating.
As far as what could use in the kitchen? I think any humanoid Pokemon with opposable thumbs and a decent temperament would be a good addition. Off the top of my head, a Sawk might work.
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>>5512177
a rotom could be a great addition, sort of. we'd just need to have some cheap electronics so that he can change types, but if we want just a fire type, a cindaquill could work, no?
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>>5511835
>>Look for something larger and ground-bound. There's the chance that whatever you track might not be appropriate, either due to its status or your restaurant theme, but it'll provide more meat as a singular specimen than bugs and birds.
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>>5512009
A good Pokemon to capture would be some sort of Psychic type to aid in peaceful hunting like Munna originally was going to be, especially a humanoid Pokemon that could serve as a waiter or do our taxes.
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>>5511835
>>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
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>>5511835
>>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.
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>>5512220

A Parasect might make for a really solid option, good against water types that we cook well and has the 100% hit chance Spore for putting targets to sleep. Maybe keep it as a Paras and harvest mushrooms off of it?
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>>5512199
>>5512177
>>5512188
>>5512389
All pretty solid choices, I'd say. Why hire more help when we can catch and train it? Pokemon: they're you best friend!
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>>5512389
the thing with parasect is that its based on the fungus that makes zombie ants. i don't think people would like the pokemon equivalent of that on the kitchen, even if the fungus itself is harmless to all the other pokemon
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>>5512399
Agreed. Even though Spore is OP as fuck
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>>5512399
It wouldn't need to help in the kitchen, just provide mushrooms for food and help in the field.
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Meowth would be a great companion. Payday let's you get best ingredients.
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>>5512470
A Meowth does sound cool maybe we can even teach it how to talk.
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>>5512399
No, the mushrooms Paras and Parasect grow are explicitly used in cooking. They're a valuable addition to a cook's repertoire.

https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Item_maniac#Gourmet_maniac
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>>5512495
i stand corrected then. people in the pokemon universe love the zombie mushroom
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>>5512495
Muh shrooms
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>>5512499
>>5512498
That is a "gourmet maniac". It may be a weird delicacy which most regular chefs and diners are more ambivalent towards, I guess? QM will likely clarify when/if it becomes relevant.
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>>5511839
>>5511840
>>5511843
>>5511886
>>5511933
>>5512177
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>>5512256

>>5511859
>>5511877
>>5511963
>>5512214

>>5512047

Bird wins!

>>5512009
I went with offensive types for cooking bonus, but defensive for cooking penalty. So Grass and Electric are the ones that are harder to cook. Being able to butcher all those half-plant symbiote Pokémon is harder for her since she's mostly spent her time on fish.

>>5512177
Yeah, I rolled nature randomly and got Calm. Was planning on having him be even more of a feral murderbug, but since he ended up Calm, he can at least behave himself and have enough self control in places like the kitchen to help with chopping food.

>>5512389
>>5512399
>>5512495
>>5512501

Going by the dex entries, Paras mushrooms can be eaten, but Parasect ones explicitly spew poisonous spores everywhere, which would contaminate the kitchen. They're both good for traditional medicine though, so that'd be a source of side income. The provided ingredient would change upon evolution. I've tasted cordyceps often. It's pretty inoffensive to the palate, even if the concept is gross.

Paras- Cordyceps mushrooms
Parasect- Medicinal spores

I'll provide catching opportunities in the future, and note the desire for the Paras family. I want to have it be more of a commitment than in the games, though, as capturing a new Pokémon means being able to raise it and provide adequate care/food/training for it while juggling a restaurant at the same time.

Writing!
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>>5512550
> I want to have it be more of a commitment than in the games, though, as capturing a new Pokémon means being able to raise it and provide adequate care/food/training for it while juggling a restaurant at the same time.
I love this quest.
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>Hunt for birds. You can look through the trees and harvest specific Pokémon that are legal to catch this time of year. Small sized portions, but you can afford to get multiple.

Time to look for Flying type Pokémon. You look at Scyther cautiously. He can handle himself around smaller prey, but he's still a Bug type. He could get knocked out if you two get attacked by anything large and fast enough. You have a handful of Potions and a single Revive tablet, so you can keep going for a while. Every so often, as the two of you walk through the woods, you stumble across scattered boulders. It seems like there's a lot of rocky terrain and mossy boulders further in. But you keep your eyes up on the trees instead. You catch sight of the bird Pokémon that seem to be native to this area. You get to the base of a cliff, and see plenty of Taillow flitting about above. You can hear cries coming from the nests, and you return Scyther to his ball before he aggravates them. Taillow are good eating. They're common enough that hunting them is fine. As with most Pokémon that live in colonies, though, attacking their home base means running into their evolved relatives. Swellow will descend on you two if you start trying to capture prey by the cliffs. You'll probably want to head a bit further from it, where there may be nests in trees on the outskirts.

As you're searching, you hear a caw come from above you. That cry is unmistakeable. A Murkrow. They're bad omens, but good eating, and taste somewhat similar to Ducklett. At least, that's what you've heard. People don't like them, and they shouldn't be an issue to serve up. The twofold problem is that they seem to be rarer than the Taillow, as well as less meaty. Only the breasts are good. Hunting them is going to be safer, but you'll get less out of it. You can't stay till nightfall to wait for their gangs to gather either. Maybe you'll have the time to do night hunts in the future.

When you head back to your truck to reorganize your supplies, you find it covered in white droppings. You grit your teeth in frustration. Of all the places to shit on, in this gigantic forest, they choose your car? What kind of bird would have done this?

You're answered by soft cooing coming from above you. You see a flock of Pidove perched in the trees, grooming each other and settling on the branches. Among them is a Tranquil with frazzled-looking tail feathers. All of them look a little worn out, actually, like they've just made a lengthy journey. You're pretty sure Pidove aren't that common in Lobraise, so they must have migrated from somewhere else. They're good, and you can catch a lot of them in close proximity to your vehicle. But you can't help but remember the article you read the other day. Choosing to hunt them might be unpopular, given recent events.
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>>5512573

>Hunt Swellow- Good amount of meat, but you're inviting a fight by hunting them near a colony. Things could escalate fast, and you might have to get out of there if it gets too hairy.

>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.

>Hunt Pidove- You'll get lots of meat, but you're gambling on the reception here. Stewview and Lobraise are nearby, people from the former often pass through town on their way to other places. You could get complaints.

Bonus: For the next few updates, if the majority of the players vote to activate the Repel at that point of time, Penny will use it.

>Repel: Use this item at any time to prevent low-levelled Pokémon from showing up. Finding an opportune moment will net the best results.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Pidove
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>>5512574
>Hunt Pidove
OUR CAR
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>>5512574
>>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Pidove
this is personal
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>>5512574
>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512574
>>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.

Next time, we should spray the repel around our truck to keep those rats with wings away from it.
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>>5512574
>Hunt Murkrow- Tasty, but scarce. You'll have a harder time gathering up a good amount, but the risk is low due to type advantage.
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>>5512588
>>5512600
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>>5512691

Murkrow by a large margin. Writing!
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>>5512721
>>5512574
>>5512576
>>5512579
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>>5512600
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>>5512691
BIRDS
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>Hunt Murkrow.

Murkrow it is. You take a long sip of water from your canteen, angrily eyeing the shitters hovering above your truck. The Tranquil is preening itself, oblivious to the rage that it's causing you. You suppose they gravitated towards the one vehicle in the area due to its familiarity, after being driven from Stewview or somewhere close by. They get to live, but they're on thin. Fucking. Ice.

Scyther accompanies you towards a thick copse of trees. The density of the canopy provides a place for the darkness-loving Murkrow to hide. So begins your hunt. Attacking them one by one is how trainers do it when they're trying to make their Pokémon stronger. Doing that would take too long, and be exhausting for the both of you. You'll have to use guerrilla methods to herd them and overwhelm groups at once. Your target soon comes into sight: A group of four Murkrow. Sending Scyther out to fight means that they'll either flee, or attack him directly. Taking on four with their gusts of wind might be rough. You have a plan in mind.

Scyther used Double Team!
Scyther's evasiveness rose!

By moving so fast that he creates multiple copies of himself, Scyther gives the Murkrow the impression that they're surrounded by a pack of enemies. They squawk and cluster together, letting out cries of "KROW! MURKROW!" while getting ready to take flight.

The opposing Murkrow used Peck!
Scyther avoided the attack!

One tries to strike a Scyther copy, and succeeds in making it vanish. Your partner is unharmed, fortunately, continuing to close in on the birds with a ring of illusory clones. The smallest Murkrow attempts to abandon the group, going high and making a break for the edge of the circle. Scyther, unfortunately, is sitting on a branch nearby.

Scyther used Fury Cutter!

The bird sends up a burst of feathers as it's cleaved. The attack hasn't taken it out immediately, but another hit ought to do it. It
topples to the ground and caws to its compatriots, who ignore it stalwartly and watch for an opening. Two of them attack together, sending out dual bursts of slicing wind in an attempt to strike the real copy.

The opposing Murkrow used Gust!
The opposing Murkrow used Gust!
Scyther avoided the attack!

The second one strikes him, causing his copies to all waver and turn watery for a second. They seem ready to make a break for it, until you shout a command once again.

Scyther used Double Team!

All four of them caw in dismay, as the amount of copies double. To them, it looks like an entire armada of Scyther is descending on them. You continue the assault, having him close in with Fury Cutter one more time. It only gets stronger each use, unless he misses. The birds are forced on the defensive...
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The opposing Murkrow used Haze!
All stat changes were eliminated!

The largest Murkrow wises up once it realizes that only one of the copies ever seem to land a hit at the time. It fills the area with an icy mist, giving the forest a creepy, dreary atmosphere. The ominous fog gives Scyther pause, and the clones begin to peter out. It's too late, however, and two have already been taken out. The first one to be struck by Fury Cutter has recovered and taken its place next to the leader, and the two of them are the only ones still standing. One is in pieces on the ground, and you don't dare to walk over to pick it out of the dirt. You can't check the status of the other.

The opposing Murkrow used Astonish!
Scyther flinched and couldn't move!

The cowardly one betrays its leader yet again, taking the opportunity to flee once Scyther flinches. You chase after it as it flaps through the trees, half sagging due to its injuries. You make sure not to get too far away, trusting Scyther to carry on the fight behind you. He battles agains
t the leader desperately, trying to fell him before he gets struck by a Flying type move. Ahead of you, the Murkrow falls into a bush, and you reach your hands in to seize it. You grasp it around the neck as it flaps its wings desperately, letting out a choked cry. Gritting your teeth, you squeeze hard and seize its torso with the other hand.

-Snap!-

The opposing Murkrow has been slain...
The opposing Murkrow has been slain...
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>>5512803
>>5512801
you accidentally posted the same one twice
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You examine the carcasses. Two are in decent shape. One has a broken neck, and the other has been cleanly decapitated. Scyther chews on the severed head of the leader. One Murkrow is in pieces, and the other has a massive gash across its back, in the opposite direction of where you usually cut to get the organs out. It'll make an ugly meal, so you'll have to serve that one differently. A segment of the halved one landed in wet mud, and by the time you got to it, the blood had already seeped out to form a horrific slurry of dirt and gore, so you abandon it for the scavengers. It's past noon now, and you're both tired. Scyther flicks his blades clean as you pat him on the head lovingly. He's done a great job. They were all lower levelled than him, fortunately, though they did put up a good fight. Only the leader was a level behind him, as your phone tells you. And the presence of him means that no Honchkrow will be showing up for vengeance.

As you tie them together with twine and treat Scyther's wounds, you use the short rest to think of your next course of action.

>Three and a half isn't enough, especially when only two are in good shape. Keep hunting Murkrow. You'll have slightly diminishing returns, but you can squeeze out one or two more and then head back as the sun is starting to set.

>Go back now. Get to your car before deciding what to do next. You'll leave this area behind and immediately get a chance to pick your next course of action.

>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.

Bonus: For the next few updates, if the majority of the players vote to activate the Repel at that point of time, Penny will use it.

>Repel: Use this item at any time to prevent low-levelled Pokémon from showing up. Finding an opportune moment will net the best results.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
Maybe some more edible mons will show up while we work.

Also, can we use a Potion on Scyther? Or did we not bring one?
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>>5512806
I fucked up on the formatting on the first, and the entire post was bolded. Did a quick delete and repost.

>>5512810
Yep, he's being healed with potions.
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>>5512814
Fantastic. Gotta keep our bro healthy.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
Let's make sure our shit stays fresh before anything. I'd hate to have it spoil by the time we got back.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
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>>5512807
>>Three and a half isn't enough, especially when only two are in good shape. Keep hunting Murkrow. You'll have slightly diminishing returns, but you can squeeze out one or two more and then head back as the sun is starting to set.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
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>>5512807
>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.
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>>5512807
>Go back now. Get to your car before deciding what to do next. You'll leave this area behind and immediately get a chance to pick your next course of action.
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Locking in resting. Tomorrow will only have one update since it’ll be New Years.
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>Rest right where you are. You could spend some time cleaning the carcasses right here, and preserve the quality of the meat by draining the blood immediately. It might cause some trouble, but taking the time to trek back to your vehicle gives the food time to spoil.

You unsling your pack and get some tools out. First is the shovel, which you use to dig a hole for dumping the guts and waste. Your next priority is the corpse that's already half wasted. You check it over to see how bad the damage actually is. The organs have fortunately not taken too much damage, and the killing slice missed the bladder. The guts are the next thing to go, and get thrown into the hole unceremoniously. The heart and liver are preserved and set aside. It's still rather dirty, so you set it on the miniature tarp and pull a large bottle from your bag. You tear open a packet of white vinegar and mix it in. Once that's done, you gently squeeze it, allowing the nozzle to spray out a stream of water. You wash it in this fashion, getting as much blood out of the cavity as you can. Plucking it isn't necessary till you get back home, you just need to rid it of the largest spoilage risks. Finally, you dry it off and store it in a bag, and wash your knife before moving on.

The one with the back wound is up next. You investigate it and find that the spine has been severed, along with a lung wound. You debate trying to pull the guts out through the back instead, but decide not to mess up the entire Murkrow by reinventing the wheel. You make a cut along the front and prepare to disembowel it. Scyther is sitting down in the grass and chewing the head. He really likes eating those, you've noted. However, you watch him drop the black-feathered snack and abruptly leap to his feet, snarling at something in the distance. You stand up as well, putting the knife down and dropping the carcass on the tarp. A small shape is making its way through the forest.

It moves over rocks with practiced ease, and raises its little snout to sniff the air. You flinch as the Pokémon comes into view.

"Ruff!"
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Rockruff. You think back to the substantial amount of rocky terrain scattered around. The little canine must have been attracted to the smell of blood from your field cleaning. Not good. It seems wary of the fact that you're hanging around corpses, and growls at Scyther. You slowly raise your phone and scan it.

>Rockruff Lv 13

Shit. She's close enough to Scyther's level, and he's extremely weak to rock. You're not a battler, so you're poor at estimating how well your own partner will fare against this one. Gauging the strength of Pokémon directly isn't your strong suit. The Rockruff slowly marches forward, sniffing the air and letting out a loud bark. Her hackles are raised, and she crouches abruptly to slam the rocks on her neck against the ground. Despite the huge difference in size, this thing is still a major threat due to the type advantage.

>Attack. Scyther is still a strong fighter. You could try and take it down. However, whether you can actually pull it off is probably down to luck, it'll be a straight out battle now that it's one on one. Being defeated would mean disaster for your hunt.

>Run. Gather up your things and book it ASAP, before it starts charging. You might end up leaving some tools behind in a panic, but it's committing to cutting your losses before anything worse happens.

>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?

Bonus: For the next few updates, if the majority of the players vote to activate the Repel at that point of time, Penny will use it. As the Rockruff is already present, using the Repel will not directly drive it away.

>Repel: Use this item at any time to prevent low-levelled Pokémon from showing up. Finding an opportune moment will net the best results.
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>>5513577
>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?

Time to tame the little doggo like our ancestors of old tamed the wolves.
With the waste cuts
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>>5513577
>Attack. Scyther is still a strong fighter. You could try and take it down. However, whether you can actually pull it off is probably down to luck, it'll be a straight out battle now that it's one on one. Being defeated would mean disaster for your hunt.
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>>5513577
>Run. Gather up your things and book it ASAP, before it starts charging. You might end up leaving some tools behind in a panic, but it's committing to cutting your losses before anything worse happens.
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>>5513577
>Run. Gather up your things and book it ASAP, before it starts charging. You might end up leaving some tools behind in a panic, but it's committing to cutting your losses before anything worse happens.
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>>5513577
>>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?

we can't lose those tools.
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>>5513577
>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?
What >>5513675 and >>5513585 said. Use waste cuts, and retain our tools and hunt spoils
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>>5513577
>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?


also maybe use the repel
rockruff is probbably too high level and is already here but it also might not be alone. this might help prevent an entire pack.

also throw the half murkrow or some of the waste organs
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>>5513577
>Bait

How would you guys feel about the addition of a rockruff to our team?
>Pros
>Good hunter with that sense of smell
>Perfect for dealing with Bird pokemon that we are branching into
>Can also deal with Fire type, covering another weakness of Scythers
>Can help us against team dash using flair in Shop

Cons :
>Can't help in the kitchen
>Can't help with the service
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In addition, I feel that Inteleon would be the best waiter of all pokemons.
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>>5513577

> Bait

And then spray it with the repel if it comes down to it. It's a small dog, the refuse pile would probably be more food than it could eat.

>>5513748
Would probably do well. Could really use some help for pokemon we lack advantage on.
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>>5513585
>>5513675
>>5513679
>>5513683
>>5513748
>>5513759

Bait wins, but not enough repel votes, so it's not being used just yet. Locking in!
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>Bait. Throw some food at it. The smell of blood and meat drew it here, you could sacrifice some of the Murkrow to distract it. But who knows how greedy it'll be?

You can't return Scyther to his ball yet. If the wild Pokémon attacks you, you won't be able to defend yourself. You stare at her for a few moments. You at least have enough knowledge on Rockruffs to know that the constant smacking of her rocks against the ground are to intimidate you. Flinch and she'll attack immediately. You just need to hold on until you can distract her, and not get caught by surprise. In front of you is the bloodied tarp, with assorted guts and organs lying across it. Maybe giving her what she wants will keep her away from the good meat. You don't want to waste the good bits, so you reach into the bag and pull out the halved one, that you've already partially cleaned. It's a waste of effort, but has the least, lowest-quality meat on it. You gently raise the carcass and shake it. The Murkrow's head flops to the side, its beak falling open. The Rockruff's attention is clearly on the meat now, and her tail wags wildly.

"Here girl! You want it? Want the meat? Fetch!"

With an underhand throw, you send the meat sailing past the Rockruff. She whips around to bound after it, tackling the dead bird and chewing on it excitedly. You take the opportunity to start rolling the tarp up and stuffing it into your bag, while shoving the other carcasses directly into the bag. Scyther moves towards you to stand guard. Despite being at a heavy disadvantage, he doesn't seem perturbed- just wary of the the threat. The crunching of bones and loud chewing fills the air as you pack up. Once you're done, the Rockruff has mauled the body into an unrecognizable mess. Black feathers are stuck between her teeth, and she starts growling at you again.

Thinking fast, you grab the bag with the heart inside it. You won't give up an entire carcass to this greedy dog, so you wiggle the organ around and grab her attention again. You then fling it once you're sure she's attracted, aiming right for the hole where you were dumping the waste. It sails into the shallow pit, and Rockruff leaps right after it. You hear excited barking as it chews on the offal within. Hopefully you're out of there before it bursts a bladder open and gets mad about it. With Scyther hot on your heels, the two of you march back towards your truck. The puppy howls in victory behind you.

>1x Low-Grade Murkrow meat lost
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>>5513824

It takes a while to hike back to your truck. Fortunately, the Rockruff doesn't bother you further, and no other wild Pokémon leap out of the tall grass to attack. Once you reach your vehicle, you have to start waving the Pidove off. The amount of white spots have doubled. You could just take it through a car wash, so it's not like the bird shit is the problem. The main issue is that you don't have a sanitary surface to clean up the meat while they're here, and you've just trekked through the wilderness with three carcasses that you haven't even had the time to fully gut. You really want to get it done as soon as possible, but the amount of complications are ramping up slowly.

>Clean the area up a bit, then start cleaning the Murkrow meat. You're at your truck now, you can get away from any trouble easily. No more scavengers to interrupt since you can bail at any time. You'll also chase the Pidove away in the process since they'll be watching you dismember and disembowel fellow Flying types. Tidying the truck up will take some time, and combined with cleaning, you'll be done for the day after.

>Go home. You're tired, dirty, and hungry. The meat might degrade a bit more, but you can clean it once you're back at the restaurant. You'll get home a bit earlier and have some time to do something else of your choice while in Lobraise.

>Hunt the Pidove. Fuck these guys, Scyther can probably get a few of them. They're flighty birds, so even with a full flock, they're likely to flee once attacked. You'll get them away from your truck and have some extra Pidove to serve, but that comes with the complications mentioned before. After getting some, you'll take the entire batch back home to clean, no more time to do it in the field.

Bonus: For the next few updates, if the majority of the players vote to activate the Repel at that point of time, Penny will use it.

>Repel: Use this item at any time to prevent low-levelled Pokémon from showing up. Finding an opportune moment will net the best results.
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>>5513826
>Go home. You're tired, dirty, and hungry. The meat might degrade a bit more, but you can clean it once you're back at the restaurant. You'll get home a bit earlier and have some time to do something else of your choice while in Lobraise.
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>>5513826

>Go home. You're tired, dirty, and hungry. The meat might degrade a bit more, but you can clean it once you're back at the restaurant. You'll get home a bit earlier and have some time to do something else of your choice while in Lobraise.

>Get a pokeball (memory, luxe, honor, or something) for next time we meet rockruff
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>>5513826
Backing >>5513845, but also in case we run into any other mons we might want to commit to
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>>5513826
>Go home. You're tired, dirty, and hungry. The meat might degrade a bit more, but you can clean it once you're back at the restaurant. You'll get home a bit earlier and have some time to do something else of your choice while in Lobraise.

You live this time piedoves ....
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>>5513826
>Hunt the Pidove. Fuck these guys, Scyther can probably get a few of them. They're flighty birds, so even with a full flock, they're likely to flee once attacked. You'll get them away from your truck and have some extra Pidove to serve, but that comes with the complications mentioned before. After getting some, you'll take the entire batch back home to clean, no more time to do it in the field.

even if we dont sell them at the resteraunt due to the issu smight be good food for syther and training.
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>>5513894
ah whoops left name in from another thread
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>>5513826
>Hunt the Pidove. Fuck these guys, Scyther can probably get a few of them. They're flighty birds, so even with a full flock, they're likely to flee once attacked. You'll get them away from your truck and have some extra Pidove to serve, but that comes with the complications mentioned before. After getting some, you'll take the entire batch back home to clean, no more time to do it in the field.
ITS.PERSONAL.
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>>5513826
>Hunt the Pidove
They have it clming and we need more meat.

(I also support stocking up on Pokeballs when we have cash)
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>>5513826
>Clean the area up a bit, then start cleaning the Murkrow meat. You're at your truck now, you can get away from any trouble easily. No more scavengers to interrupt since you can bail at any time. You'll also chase the Pidove away in the process since they'll be watching you dismember and disembowel fellow Flying types. Tidying the truck up will take some time, and combined with cleaning, you'll be done for the day after.
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>>5513826
>Hunt the Pidove
We went out hunting, got meat, field stripped them, baited a Rockruff, and they’re still shitting over the car.

I don’t intend to make Pidove a regular part of our meals, but these ones didn’t have the sense to move on.
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>5513826
>>Hunt the Pidove. Fuck these guys, Scyther can probably get a few of them. They're flighty birds, so even with a full flock, they're likely to flee once attacked. You'll get them away from your truck and have some extra Pidove to serve, but that comes with the complications mentioned before. After getting some, you'll take the entire batch back home to clean, no more time to do it in the field.
We can always eat them at home if we're worried about PR.
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>>5513826
>Go home. You're tired, dirty, and hungry. The meat might degrade a bit more, but you can clean it once you're back at the restaurant. You'll get home a bit earlier and have some time to do something else of your choice while in Lobraise.
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>5513839
>>5513845
>>5513851
>>5513893
>>5514195

>>5513894
>>5513914
>>5513916
>>5514102
>>5514131

>>5513986

Gonna roll between Going home and Hunting Pidove, since it's a split. Gotta start writing before leaving for the day.
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>Hunt the Pidove. Fuck these guys, Scyther can probably get a few of them. They're flighty birds, so even with a full flock, they're likely to flee once attacked. You'll get them away from your truck and have some extra Pidove to serve, but that comes with the complications mentioned before. After getting some, you'll take the entire batch back home to clean, no more time to do it in the field.

Scyther used Double Team!
Scyther's evasiveness rose!

Just one use of it to make sure they don't counterattack. The Pidove start flapping their wings once the duplicates appear, taking off in a cloud of grey feathers and white shit. They're still shitting. You no longer feel pity for them, no wonder the Stewview City Council needed to get rid of these things. Scyther clambers up the side of a tree and kicks off it, blitzing through the air and slicing a path behind him with a mighty flutter of his wings.

Scyther used Wing Attack!
The opposing Pidove was slain...
The opposing Pidove was slain...
The opposing Pidove was slain...


Despite the easy kill, the amount of meat you get is limited. Being ripped apart by his wings has left them nigh unusable. He has to take each one out in a single hit without doing too much damage to the body, and that's more of a challenge than expected. The sky is blotted out as the giant flock rises into the air. Feathers drop down all around you. The Tranquil is at the head of the flapping cloud, leading them away from the murderous blender of a Pokémon. It's barely even a formation, like some of the more graceful birds fly in. It's just a messy congregation of grey shapes, all trying to get high enough to escape their fates.

Scyther used Wing Attack!
The opposing Pidove was slain...
The opposing Pidove was slain...

Scyther grew to Lv. 17!

You reach your hands out to catch a neatly-sliced carcass. Great, some usable meat. Most of the ones falling down in pieces have had their guts ripped open, so they're likely to be unusable. Scyther flies around for a little more, managing to score several more Pidove while you run around and collect the bodies. The ones that are clearly sullied are separated, and you dig another hole for them. The rest go into a large bag, and you set everything into the coolers that you have. They go in your shotgun seat, as the bed is too shit-filled to put food in. You grimace in disgust as you spray water on your door handle. At least you didn't leave your window down, or the inside would be a hotbed of feathers and droppings. You raise a limb into the air for Scyther to bump with the back of his claw. He's gotten a bit stronger from the battling today. Into the ball he goes, and you slide behind the wheel. Finally, it's time to go home.

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Hunt tally:
>1x High grade Murkrow meat
>1x Mid grade Murkrow meat
>1x Low grade Murkrow meat
>5x Low grade Pidove meat
>Scyther has grown stronger!

You'd send your car for a wash, but you're low on time. You cover the entire thing with a tarp to hide your shame from the world, then head inside to prep the meat. The cooler, filled with Never-Melt-Ice, is a must-have for any cooks heading out to gather their own ingredients. But it's not foolproof. Trekking back to the car in the heat and driving all the way back in the town has allowed for some of the guts to go bad. The Murkrow leader's crop is filled with foul-smelling, fermented material, and its bubbled upwards to sully the meat. You use a clean knife to cut some portions away. Meanwhile, one of the Pidove's organs have split open like a water balloon, and its been marinating in its own fluids both inside and out. You click your tongue and throw that one away.

>1x Mid grade Murkrow meat has degraded...
>Mid > Low
>1x Low grade Pidove meat has degraded...
>Low > SPOILED

Luckily, upon further examination, the rest of the meat is fine. You pluck, gut, and clean them in the comfort of your kitchen, grateful for the access to infinite water, disinfectant, and blades. It's way better than cleaning in the field. Throughout the process, you squirm in discomfort from the sweat and grime that's built up all over you. But preparing the food comes first. The hunt isn't complete until all the meat is dressed.

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Into the freezer they go. You're still not sure if you should sell the Pidove, considering the recent news. You wouldn't mind eating them on your own, or making some high-quality food for Scyther. Maybe you could go to the car wash and trade a good meal for a free cleaning. That'd be incredibly satisfying, you think. They'd be paying for shitting all over the truck with their lives, in a more literal fashion. You step into the shower to finally wash up, getting all the blood and dirt off as you think about the meat.

>Serve the Pidove. More meat to cook up. Will increase the food quality of your restaurant, but public perception will take a hit due to selling a semi-popular Pokémon.

>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

Happy new year, fellas!
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

Seeing that Rockruff gave me an idea, a doglike pokemon could really help us while hunting
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Here's to a delicious New Year.

>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

We need to eat and so does Scyther.
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
Like I said... saves on groceries.
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>>5514624
>>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
free food for us and Scyther
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>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

Maybe we can lowkey offer it to customer we have a good relation with
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>>5514626
See my point here : >>5513748

Also, most humanoid pokemon are fight type. But still, Intileon best waiter
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

Scyther is a good boy and deserves treats
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
How long were they shitting on the car, hours? I’m not surprised the city finally legalized their hunting either.

Still, we have some extra meat for personal use.
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
On one hand, losing meat to spoilage
On the other hand, gaining levels
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>>5514624
>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.
Serve the Murkrow for now, see how that goes first.

>>5514626
>Seeing that Rockruff gave me an idea, a doglike pokemon could really help us while hunting
We should for sure catch something to help hunt without wrecking the prey so thoroughly.
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>>5514698
Nta, but I would also love to see us getting an Abra since an image of it using its psychic powers to place dishes in front of costumers just sounds cute to me.
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>>5514982
A plant pokemon would make fishing much easier.
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>>5515049
The mental image of an Abra just teleporting dishes, drinks and the bill to peoples tables makes me laugh
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>>5515077
"You can't bend those spoons. They're for the customers."
>Abra teleports itself onto one of the chairs at the tables
"That's for the human customers."
>Abra teleports itself onto the chair in the kitchen
"Do you have the money to be a paying customer?"
>Several Pokedollars get teleported onto the table in front of Abra
"...Are those from my wallet?"
>Abra shakes its head. Several more Pokedollars teleport onto the counter. Then Abra starts nodding.
>Penny facepalms
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Kek, that has so much potential

Also, I just realized I made a bit of an oversight while thinking up the menu. There are mons who are totally easily accessible 'seafood' without being water type, like Klawf, Crabrawler, and Crustle. Any others that you guys might be thinking of, which fall into this category?
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>>5515098
Amazing, we neeed to get ourselves an Abra.
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>>5515103
How many Goldeen and Seakings do we need to serve before those weirdos that the podex says exist start protesting infront of our joint?
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>>5515110
Also having an Alakazam and it's 1million IQ to do our taxes and just teleport pokedollars out of the pockets of dine&dashers would be great >_<
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>>5515098
This sounds like fun.
Now the only question is how to actually get one.
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A plant pokemon would be good for fishing, andvtwo on one vs a psychic type might be a battle we can win.
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So... For now we're interrested into...
>Abra. Can kill with psychic attack such granting better meat, and help waiting rooms/Detect dashers/Withholding-tax wannabe dashers
>Rockruff. Can track with his smell and help with the security in shop
>Paras. Shrooms.
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>>5514626
>>5514637
>>5514645
>>5514652
>>5514653
>>5514682
>>5514697
>>5514712
>>5514911
>>5514934
>>5514982

Wow, unanimous!

>>5515111
Only double digits, probably, Pokefans get kinda nuts.

>Keep the Pidove for yourself. You'll use it throughout the week for various purposes. No profit from it, but at least it won't be wasted. This option includes any purpose at all, like making food for Scyther or using it as a gift.

Nah, you won't serve it. Lobraise and Stewview are close together. Plus, those Pidove were likely from Stewview in the first place. You don't want to cause trouble by selling them in the restaurant when that TV dinner company has already come under so much fire. Penny's is a small place. You can't afford a reputation hit before people even know who you are.

Speaking of which, you should do a proper opening event soon, and come up with a new name for the place when you do.

Once you're all cleaned up, you head right back to the kitchen downstairs. For meat prep, you use the main one that you serve food in. For smaller dishes and warming up instant food, you have the miniature one in your living space. But you don't want the smell of raw meat to permeate the upper floor, so you make sure to butcher the Pidove down here. You slice it up and get the breast out, intending on pan frying it with some greens, bacon, and serving it with bread. The giblets, skin and trimmings are thrown into a buttered pan, where you cook them haphazardly for Scyther. He loves crunching on bones.

The two of you head upstairs once you're done. You enjoy the rest of the evening with your Pokémon partner, relaxing after a long day of hard work. Tomorrow, you'll be meeting Macy and Liam bright and early to show them the ropes. You've already decided on what to put them in charge of, so it'll be easy to get into the swing of things. Coming up with that plan the other day is going to pay off soon. You turn the lights off and head to bed.

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In the morning, you manage to get up on the second ring of your alarm. It's an important day, you want some extra time. Coffee and eggs for breakfast today, and dry food for Scyther. He's gotten to eat good yesterday, so he's satisfied with the kibble. You settle down as usual and take a bit of time to scroll through recent news. As always, you only have the time to look at one before you have to head downstairs. Lots to do today.

>Mass migration- Pidoves leave Stewview in Pi-droves.
>Volcanic activity increases in Boilerside, geysers set to blow this week:
>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>>5515617
>>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
although
I can get behind
>Volcanic activity increases in Boilerside, geysers set to blow this week:
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>>5515617
>Volcanic activity increases in Boilerside, geysers set to blow this week:

>in Pi-droves
kek
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>>5515616
Seriously, any kind of humanoid Psychic would do. Gothitelle or Beheeyem or Hatterene would all suffice, it doesn't have to be Abra specifically.
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>>5515617
>Mass migration- Pidoves leave Stewview in Pi-droves.
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>>5515617
>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>>5515617
>>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>>5515625
The true question : Will /qst/ behave if we get Hatterene or Gardevoir?
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>>5515617
>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>>5515617
>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>>5515619
>>5515629
>>5515661
>>5515762
>>5515771

Slowpoke it is!
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>>5515617
>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.
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>A deeper look at the Slowpoke farms of old.

This article comes with a photo. It's split down the middle, displaying both halves of some kind of Slowpoke-filled contraption. The front is where they're strapped in, with a trough of assorted fish Pokémon for them to chow on. They have dopey expressions on their faces as always, but even in the black and white photo, the patches of missing fur are obvious. There's a hole for them to stick their tails through. The back view of the device reveals what's obviously a guillotine blade, and the ground beneath is stained with dark patches. The photo credit is unknown, and the actual article starts below it.

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Slowpoke farming has been a hotly debated topic among Pokémon rights activists for decades. Their tails are useful for cooking, and there are multiple ways to enjoy the flavour. Alolans dry them to make stew, and in Johto, the sweep sap on their tips is lightly sucked up. In Galar, the entire tail is smoked and used to make curry. In the past, however, the harvesting of their tails used to be a far more brutal affair.

It was not uncommon for Slowpokes to be raised in the setups pictured above. The nervous system of a Slowpoke is remarkably slow, taking up to five full seconds to register pain. Their tails, notably, are devoid of nerves completely, preventing them from feeling pain when severed. It's not unusual for their tails to be lost, and due to their swift rate of regrowth, they were established as a commodity among humans. All sorts of setups were invented to take advantage of this and harvest tails as quickly as possible.

However, forty years ago, researchers found out that Slowpoke who had their tails repeatedly harvested had lifespans that were significantly shorter than even wild specimens, or ones owned by trainers. They also had higher rates of chronic illnesses and nutrition deficiencies. It became public knowledge that the constant severing of their tails had adverse effects on their health.
In nature, their tails simply never fell off at as extreme a rate as farmed Slowpoke. Activists campaigned for the abolishment of mass tail farming, citing concerns for the Pokémon's welfare.

In the modern day, the intentional cutting of a Slowpoke's tail is considered Pokémon abuse in Wokhei, as well as many other regions. Free-range farms have taken over, where Slowpoke are allowed to wander by the waterside and given highly nutritious diets in order to encourage the natural shedding of tails. The Slowpoke tail trade is still going strong, though nowhere as massive as its heyday. But most folk agree that it's a small price to pay in order to ensure the continued health of these adorable creatures.

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>>5516030

You knew all of this already, as a Water type specialist. You're of the opinion that...

>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.

>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.

>Write-In
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>>5516031
>>It makes sense,but it's dumb.
>>There should be some middle-ground. Something less extreme than intense farming, which hurts and creates low quality meat, but more intelligent than free-range shedding collection
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>>5516031
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
This looks like the crueler option, but it sounds interesting.
Team Rocket would approve.
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>>5516031
>>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
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>>5516031
>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
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>>5516031
>>5516042
Wait a minute, I just thought of something. I'll change my vote to:
>Write-in
>You have no strong feelings one way or the other on this. As long as you're able to get quality (or at least edible) Slowpoke tails at a fair price it's fine by you. You're not necessarily against harvesting or free-range, as both have their pros and cons, and are willing to make deals with either side if it's convenient to your business. You try not to be cruel against pokemon if you can, but you do find the 'welfare for pokemon' side to be a bit more ridiculous and stifling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ussCHoQttyQ

I might change back to my original vote, I'm mostly just throwing this out there.
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>>5516031
>>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
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>>5516031
What >>5516040 said, but with a lean towards...
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
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>>5516031

>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation

Gimmie them tails.
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>>5516031
I'm with >>5516059 in the middle ground, though leaning more towards
>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.

Mass farming seems needlessly cruel, but there has to be something more efficient than letting Slowpoke free-range.
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>>5516031
>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
considering penny is trying to keep her business on the legal side of things, it makes sense if she goes with this option, even if she gets the other side of the argument as well
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>>5516031
>It makes sense, but you have to wonder if the free-range method is displacing other, less popular pokemon from their native habitats with unknown or downplayed effects on the ecosystem. It takes up a lot more space after all, and people don’t necessarily realize how businesses run things until the consequences are waved in their face. The factory-farmed slowpoke tails were an example of that!
I’ll try another option. I’m generally okay with the restriction and don’t need a middle-ground since it seems that the shift hasn’t impacted too much negatively, but I always wonder how shifts to less-efficient farming/ranching methods end up impacting local ecosystems when demand isn’t curtailed enough to offset the supply loss.
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>>5516031
>>5516059
Changing back to:
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
What the hell, this sounds way more fun. Sorry if this looks like I'm indecisive but this option is too tempting to pass up.
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>>5516030
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
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>>5516031
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation.
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Middle 1 (Something in-between)
>>5516040
>>5516089 (leaning towards dumb)
>>5516155 (Leaning towards it makes sense)

Dumb
>>5516042
>>5516048
>>5516119
>>5516291
>>5516318

Makes sense
>>5516052
>>5516085
>>5516197

>Makes sense, but environmental consequences?
>>5516252

Seems the “it’s dumb” voters have it so far, unless the real answer is “we’re ambivalent for many reasons”.
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>>5516031
>>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
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Those poor babies :(
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>>5516031
>>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
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>>5516328
I'm fine with "it's dumb"
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The ethical treatment of our livestock should be important to us, as it's the humane thing to do and there for the right thing to do, and second, a well treated animal yields higher quality ingredients. It's the difference in a "chicken" sandwich from mcdonalds, to a home made chicken sandwich sources from your local farmers market.
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>>5516031
>It's dumb. They genuinely don't feel pain anyway, so how is it abuse? Pokémon are already farmed all over the world. Their lifespan decreasing as a result doesn't really matter much, when you consider that most other farmed creatures outright die in order to provide food. A handful of Slowpoke producing massive amounts of tails for a shorter amount of time is better than having to unreliably ranch them on acres of farmland, then wander around picking up tails to sell. You'd be able to get your hands on those ingredients a lot easier if it wasn't for this regulation
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>>5516390
You're absolutely right. I just think this will be more fun and it would be interesting to have the chance in seeing Penny's character develop into something more humane as the reality of what she's supporting settles in.
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>>5516395
....but she already knows that. or at least that has been implied so far
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Realize anon's how we treat the animals that must die for our society to function is a statement on the quality and character of that society. the "dumb" option shows how we don't care about the welfare of a creature so beneath us that we control it's very life simply because that is the natural order of things. But if we were going by the Natural order of things humanity would still be nomads scavenging larger Pokémon's kills while trying to not be eaten ourselves.

The modern world we have constructed is the Human order, one of our own design and making. The natural order is cruel uncaring and full of indignity and suffering. Why model our way after it, why take notes from the very order we subverted when the first man picked up a stone to use as a tool, why be worse than nature which doesn't have the capacity to realize the injustice and indignity it's order enforces.

Why not choose to be better why not choose to forge the Human order into one were Justice and good can and do prevail, were the uncaring cruelty of nature is rebuked by the uplifting hand of humanity. Why not be the change anons?
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>>5516395
I get what your going for with that line of thought but for that to work we would need to pick the no strong feelings either way rather than the, fuck em, they are dumb animals that we eat, option
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>>5516396
Maybe so, but actually being part of it is different than just seeing it in the papers. Unless I missed something I don't think she really has first hand experience in torturing pokemon.
Besides I think it's reasonable to assume she'll see things differently when the inevitable moral choices come around.

>>5516401
Well she has killed many pokemon for the sake of cooking them, and I don't think this vote is going to make her immediately become abusive.
Sure it would be easier to have her opinions change if she's neutral, but I like the concept of going from being heartless to actually caring. It's a bit optimistic I know, but it's very possible still.
Either way I just think this is the more fun option.
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>>5516410
Nothing in penny's character so far suggest she'd be indifferent to the suffering of pokemon. Her cycle kills Efficiently at causing the least amount of pain and she's about the food not some sadistic pleasure in causing them suffering. I really don't like what you're trying to go for from completely honest.
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>>5516410
> Maybe so, but actually being part of it is different than just seeing it in the papers. Unless I missed something I don't think she really has first hand experience in torturing pokemon.
Besides I think it's reasonable to assume she'll see things differently when the inevitable moral choices come around.

....my point is that she should be more pro ethical treatment of pokemon than not, and no, killing them by "her own hand" doesn't make her want to torture them. so far penny's primarily a hunter and a chef, not a sadist; she should know that properly treating your future food is good in the long term, even if mass production has its own massive advantages that can't be denied
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>>5516412
>Nothing in penny's character so far suggest she'd be indifferent to the suffering of pokemon.
I agree, I don't want her to be sadistic and start abusing pokemon, just to try and justify something bad for the sake of getting a better price and eventually change from thinking like that.

>>5516424
It's true that Penny isn't a sadist or wants to torture them, but what I was saying was more about her eventually realizing mass production was cruel and that it's not worth it to make future food stressed/unhealthy.
And I get wanting to make sure Penny is good and succeeds, I just like the potential for stories.
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our MC can have flaws she should have them, but not this one anon please this one doesn't fit.
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>>5516328
I think ambivalence probably is the answer, with a lean towards "it's dumb that they went straight from the awful factory model straight tk the least efficient model possible."
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>>5516031
>>It makes sense. Their welfare matters in the long run. Killing a Pokémon for food is different from keeping it around and constantly harvesting something from it. If you wouldn't ignore terrible conditions for Milktank and Tropius, why would Slowpoke be any different just because they're slow? Plus, happy Pokémon means higher quality and healthier meat. Refraining from severing their tails also symbolizes proper care for the food that we eat.
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>>5516031
Ambivalent, leaning towards dumb.
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>>5516059
+1
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Woah, woke up to a lot of discussion. Makes me really happy to see it o7, gonna count em up and lock it in to start writing. Don't worry, as that one Anon guessed, picking the choice won't immediately change Penny's behaviour into something wildly different. It'll just reflect the way she thinks internally, and start shifting options towards certain directions. There's still room to grow and develop in the future.

>>5516328
Thank you for the help, sped counting up by a lot.

Middle 1 (Something in-between)
>>5516040
>>5516089 (leaning towards dumb)
>>5516155 (Leaning towards it makes sense)
>>5516674 (Leaning towards dumb)
>>5516495 (Leaning towards dumb)

Dumb
>>5516042
>>5516048
>>5516119
>>5516291
>>5516318
>>5516393

Makes sense
>>5516052
>>5516085
>>5516197
>>5516384
>>5516388
>>5516514

>Makes sense, but environmental consequences?
>>5516252

Lots of votes, but direct votes for the two options are tied. I think I'll take the ambivalent leanings as half-votes, which puts it towards Dumb, and then start writing- if there's no objections?
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>>5516743
fucking ranked choice voting, sigh. I said my piece so much for the kind and straight-laced penny.
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>>5516743
In my view it makes more sense to take the undecided stance given the player base is split down the middle on this with a small camp of middle grounders. but that is just my take on it given the two top options are diametrically opposed and tied dead even.
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>>5516743
Wait a second QM, I'm not sure if >>5516495 is a vote that leans towards "it's dumb" I think it might be for something more ambivalence. I might be wrong though, only that anon can say if it's the case.

>>5516757
While I'd still like to go for "dumb", honestly you make a good point there.
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>>5516743
You missed my +1 (>>5516738), which I think ties it 6-6-6. Sorry.
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>>5516789
Also, I think slightly-dumb ambivalence with further options to push her in one direction or another might work?
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>>5516757
>>5516784
>>5516789
>6-6-6 tie

Kek, that's a lot. Yeah, good points, I think I'll go for ambivalence then. Most neutral point between all the options, with a mild leaning towards dumb, but not enough to act on anything yet. Thanks for chiming in. I'll go with middle of the road option for future votes regarding characterization, if there are ties.
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>>5516795
Thank you QM for being open to feedback, it's deeply appreciated.
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>>5516792
Playing both sides like in my write-in while being neutral, but still inclined to be against the regulations and pokemon welfare more often than not seems fair if we're going for a compromise in the votes.

>>5516795
I'll change back to my write-in here >>5516059 then, with an inclination of "it's dumb"
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>>5516743

>>5516495 is me on mobile. It wasn't a separate vote, just weighing in on your proposed solution.
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>>5516802
Ohh, that changes things. Thank you for your honesty anon.

>>5516799
>>5516743
I'll change back to:
>it's dumb
Because it's what I wanted to vote for if not in a compromise.
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>>5516807
I mean, that still ties it 6-6 tho.
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>>5516808
Indeed which is why QM is going with Ambivalence since anons are split dead down the middle on this.
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>>5516808
I'll support the original "it's dumb" if the decision is just between it and the opposite.
QM said that half-votes counted, so I'm guessing that the choice here will still be the original thing.

>>5516809
I'm not sure if that's fair, now that I think about it. More are into the "it's dumb" camp when voting for ambivalent.
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>>5516814
People voted and the two given choices tied, then people got the idea to vote for a third option. If they had wanted to have their vote in the Dumb column breaking the tie for dumb then they could have instead held their ground wanting to have penny be ambivalent on the matter from the slant of "meh it is what it is. I have a restaurant to run." So no they shouldn't count for Dumb negating half of the quests readers' votes. if it wasn't a dead tie you might have a point. but it is and there isn't wiggle room on this as the vote options are opposed to one another. if either side one on a technicality half the anons would be pissed, the best move is to have the ambivalent option win. Or just let the QM fiat whatever option he likes more.

To steal a quote the best compromise is the one that no one walks away happy from.
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Wait a minute I have an idea, we should vote on it instead (if it's alright with the QM of course):

>ambivalent with dumb inclination compromise
>counting half-votes for the final choice when in a tie
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Further, I strongly dislike the idea of a half vote I have never seen them done in other quests and think a vote should be a vote. the Ambivalent option is just completely new.

you have
A. oh those poor pokemon, I will make sure I don't contribute to the problem

B. Those poor farmers, damn regulators ruining their ability to make money.

C. Meh, not my problem I have a business to run

this "leaning X" nonsense is just flavoring on the new option.
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>>5516825
I've already started writing the update, so I'll go with what I said here >>5516795 and keep it in the middle. Where she's ambivalent, with a slight leaning just for flavor.
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adding layers of complexity to something that doesn't need it just ends up ruining everything more often than not. We have the saying don't reinvent the wheel for a reason.

The top two diametrically opposed options are tied so the only reasonable thing to do from there is to go with the middle ground, or just pick as the QM. Lumping the Ambivenlent option in with the dumb option is in my eyes just the wrong move.

my simple advice is to keep votes as votes and ditch the half-vote idea. if people want to see a given option win then they should switch to supporting it. As if even one ambivalent voter had just switched to dumb it would have won, but they didn't because they liked the ambivalent
route.
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>>5516837
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3wH9K9cDcI
Common sense carries the day Hurrah
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>>5516822
You make some good points, but I feel like a compromise that isn't even a compromise for the people supporting neutral will still make anons unhappy (though I guess you already said that).
But to add to all of this the ambivalent option only won on a technicality, since there was a tie otherwise.

>>5516832
That's fine, except C didn't win. The only reason it's being picked is because it's a tie between A and B.

>>5516837
>>5516839
>>5516841
Alright that's fair.
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This was pretty a interesting discussion, congrats QM you have devoted players!

Not suprising since this is a good concept and it's well written.
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Once you're done looking through the article, you take a long sip of your coffee and open up your messages instead. Liam has texted you to let you know that he's on the way, and Macy is silent. You hope she's not late. As you head downstairs to get ready, you think about what you just read. You have no strong thoughts on it. Obviously, Pokémon shouldn't be treated badly even as food. But you can't help but feel that certain regulations are overly restrictive. There's wiggle room everywhere. For example, maybe Slowpoke tails could only be cut off once in a specific frame of time. That's more efficient than waiting for them to just fall off. You're fine with sticking to these rules, and won't throw a fuss, but would like for them to be a little more in your favor sometimes. It's kinda like how perfectly edible and sustainable fish like Seaking and Goldeen get freaks on your ass if you try to serve them up. Emotions tend to rule when it comes to Pokémon welfare and food regulation.

Oh well. It still beats the goddamn tail guillotines.

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The bell rings twice in quick succession, right as you're moving some pots and pans in the kitchen.

"SCYTHER! Scy... therrrrr." Hisses your partner. You hear voices coming from right outside.

"Ease up, buddy! Is it them?"

"Scy!"

You walk out with a pair of soapy dishwashing gloves, and wave to Liam and Macy. They're both early, to your relief. You don't have a uniform. But you do wear a white apron with blue trim, and you've gotten extra sets for prospective employees.

"Morning, Penny." Macy says, stowing her phone back into the pocket of her work jeans.

"Hi boss." Liam echoes, while eyeing Scyther cautiously. He's prowling back and forth, still a little wary of the two who've walked into the restaurant before opening hours. You reach out to pat his green head.

"Easy, boy. These two will be working with you from now on!"

Macy has been here multiple times, so she doesn't seem as lost as Liam. The teen looks around at the decor and layout of the restaurant, taking in the simplistic look and the various ocean-related decorations. His eyes settle on the ship in a bottle that you keep by a far wall, above a fake heat stove. You give him a bit of time to look around while you march back to the kitchen to drop your gloves off into a sink. When you emerge, you have their aprons in hand.

"Here. Put these on, then come to the kitchen with me. I'll show you guys where to begin."
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>>5516850
Macy stares at it for a while, then slowly slides it over her head and reaches behind her to tie the knot. She looks much less prepared than Liam, who's already donned his apron, but at least she's dressed appropriately. You were kind of scared that she'd pick some weird outfit, but she has covered shoes and jeans, similar to Liam. The four of you head into the kitchen, which looks a little more cramped all of a sudden.

"Okay. Ready? I'll go through what we do every morning, which is opening. When you guys are on this shift, I'll need some help getting everything ready for the day. Closing will be a different thing."

Both of them will be working the whole day today. But tomorrow onwards, you'll be putting them on shifts that depend on their own availability. They're still part timers, after all. You start the lesson.

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At ten in the morning, you're ready to open. Macy is working up front, while Liam is in the kitchen with you. They've watched you prepare the food and defrost large amounts of fish and meat, and she's now tending to customers. Macy had a lot of questions about the Murkrow that you're serving as today's special. She was particularly interested in hearing that you went out to hunt them by yourself, and she's sneaking a lot of glances at Scyther now that she knows he goes out hunting. Liam stirs the pot of soup for you while you start cooking the Murkrow. Your supply of it is very limited, but you don't get a massive amount of customers anyway. You've chosen to make...

>Murkrow Karage. It's nothing particularly fancy or hard to make, but you can sell a bunch of juicy Murkrow nuggets. You'll get a bit more material out of it, but it's not super fancy. Frying it up like that doesn't quite capture the complexities of the meat's flavour, any common bird would do, but you'll be selling the novelty of eating the species instead.

>Murkrow Quinoa. Instead of Ducklett, you'll substitute it with Murkrow and use it to boost your most popular dish. This will appeal to your regulars who've been coming so far. They know your Ducklett is good, putting a spin on it will keep them coming back for new flavours every week.

>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.
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>>5516849
Thank you, it's definitely really encouraging. I was shocked to see so many posts when I got up in the morning. Glad you guys are having a good time, and thanks for giving detailed feedback.
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>>5516852
>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.
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>>5516852
>>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.

you can't go wrong with a classic a damn shame we don't have fries to go with it.
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>>5516852
>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.
Good way to spin our limited supply as a positive.
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I like the idea of themed days, posh Mondays, sizzling Tuesdays, Sushi Wednesdays, Soup thursdays, and Relaxin Fridays, we could do events on weekend days perhaps?
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>>5516861
Maybe as a long-term goal, but I don't think it makes sense to tie ourselves down this early when our time and resources are limited. One special day seems like plenty for now.
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>>5516864
of course dream big but be realistic at the moment, for now, one day is plenty
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>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.

If we go hunting, we should make the most out of the meat.
It'd be a dishonor to just nugget them
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>>5516852
>Murkrow Quinoa. Instead of Ducklett, you'll substitute it with Murkrow and use it to boost your most popular dish. This will appeal to your regulars who've been coming so far. They know your Ducklett is good, putting a spin on it will keep them coming back for new flavours every week.
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>>5516852
>Murkrow Quinoa. Instead of Ducklett, you'll substitute it with Murkrow and use it to boost your most popular dish. This will appeal to your regulars who've been coming so far. They know your Ducklett is good, putting a spin on it will keep them coming back for new flavours every week.

>>5516888
>It'd be a dishonor to just nugget them
Agreed, let's save that dishonour for the Pidoves.
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>>5517014
great idea. We can even market them as "the hunt's spoils" and not disclose the meat
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>>5517015
>mystery meat nuggets
They have it coming, but will people really eat those?
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>>5517014
>Agreed, let's save that dishonour for the Pidoves.
That's brilliant.

>>5517016
We could always say it's something else, or just have them as a gift for regulars.
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>>5516852
>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class. People can be suckers for exclusivity sometimes. Your restaurant isn't some super fancy place, but you could start on the route to it slowly.
I like the idea of themed days that >>5516861 said, so I’ll vote this as a stepping stone.
I’m also okay with how the vote turned out. I appreciate votes that aren’t always “winner-takes-all” and we dump to a third option since so many people voted every once in a while.

>>5517014
>>5517015
>>5517016
>Recurring Menu Item: “The Unexpected Hunt’s Spoils”, usually available on Monday and Tuesday
>”Not every hunt is planned. Sometimes you get ambushed by a ground-type when you’re hunting poison-types. Sometimes birds cover you car in white poo for an hour. These are the meats from those unplanned hunts. It won’t go to waste! Expect a different dish every time.”

A rotating mystery plate. Sometimes we fry it, sometimes we filet it, sometimes they can recognize it, sometimes it’s truly a mystery. It’s the recurring item on our menu that is rarely the same as before.

It can also be the “experimental” dish for meats and styles we aren’t sure about, or that we want to trial before making a regular item.
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>>5517061
Add to that
>Least recurring menu item "The Blue Moon"
>"For when circumstances lead into the death of an otherwise heavily regulated species, we won't let the meat spoil by respect to the pokemon"
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>>5516852
>Murkrow Quinoa. Instead of Ducklett, you'll substitute it with Murkrow and use it to boost your most popular dish. This will appeal to your regulars who've been coming so far. They know your Ducklett is good, putting a spin on it will keep them coming back for new flavours every week.
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>>5516856
>>5516857
>>5516858
>>5516888
>>5517061

>>5516993
>>5517014
>>5517090

Fillets it is! Locking in and writing. Will also include mention of the mystery dish concept in the post. Putting that as well as Pokeball shopping on the list of goals to address.
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>>5517081
I like the idea, but it’ll be very, very uncommon. Apparently some pokemon are illegal to eat outright, so we couldn’t even use them there. Legal ones with a reputational hit could go under Hunt’s Spoils too so it avoids getting named.

I’d lean that any pokemon we could serve that would fall under that meal would get named, like “The Blue Moon: Gyarados Stew”. After all, they’re not illegal to eat and supplies would be incredibly limited. But that’s a judgement call we’d make each time on whether to sell or privately use it.

Maybe have it as a board item instead of a menu item since it’d be so uncommon, and include the story of how it came to the restaurant on the board.
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>>5517098
Why not sell them to people that are alright with eating 'illegal to hunt' pokemon?
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>>5517096

>Pan fried filets, made even more fancy with some sides. Make it a slightly more exclusive, expensive thing. Let people know that on Mondays, and maybe on other days too, you have specials that are a little more high-class.

You check on the Murkrow, making sure that they haven't mysteriously decomposed in the night. You then set them out to defrost, and sternly instruct Scyther to not mess with it. You have some laminated placards set out, saying: "Ask about our Monday Murkrow Special! (Extremely limited stock)". Once you run out, you'll collect the placards and stop sales. The meat will be cooked once the order is placed, and you'll serve it with salad, sauce, and a side of pasta. The actual meat will be limited, so you suppose you'll have to sell it as a set that includes a soup and drink, in order to make it look more worth it as a bundle. While you work, you think about the Pidove, and a new concept crosses your mind. What if you put some kind of mystery meat on your menu?

Not exactly mystery meat, because you can't just keep what it is from your customers due to allergies and food safety regulations. You need to disclose what you're serving. But the idea of using this as a marketing gimmick is a strong one. Advertising some mysterious new catch every Monday will keep foodies coming back for more. On the other hand, there's a clear problem with the idea. People can overlook the fact that they're eating meat even while standing in line at a restaurant. However, outright announcing: "Hey. I killed this yesterday" will potentially lead to problems down the line. It's the sort of thing that attracts the attention of annoying campaigners, who go around harassing people over the fact that they hunt and cook Pokémon

Oh well, you'll think on that later. You step outside for a moment to see Macy welcoming a customer in and showing them to their seat. Another person is trying to get her attention, so you swoop in to take their order instead. It's a lady you've seen twice before. This time, she's not accompanied by her young son.

"New help?" She smiles.

"Yes ma'am." You return the grin and whip your notepad out. "What can I get you?"

"I'll have the Fish and chips- Veluza, and a Clampearl chowder..."

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>>5517246

You spend the morning coaching and observing Macy. Liam needs a lot less supervision. You just set him in the kitchen with instructions, and he executes them without complaint. Scyther seems to make him a little bit nervous, and he stays clear of the end where your buddy is working. He's chopping up berries for salsa again, which goes well with some seared Basculin. You ask him to let you know once the mushroom soup is running low, then head outside to watch Macy again. She seems a bit overwhelmed whenever multiple people are asking for her attention at once. While taking orders, she keeps sneaking glances at people who haven't been served yet.

"Take it easy, one group at a time." You say reassuringly, setting a hand on her shoulder as you pass. She's not doing terribly on her first day. She only gets one order wrong, where she confused the two types of Basculin. The red kind is fattier and oily, while the blue one is mild and more appropriate for frying. As lunch rolls around, you take a step back to watch your two workers. You should pick one to spend more time coaching today. They could use the help, and it'll improve their efficiency. You can get to know them a bit better too. After lunch, you'll have them swap places.

>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.

>Inside with Liam. Handling the low amount of guests was possible when it was just you, it was everything else that made it difficult. You can leave her to take orders and wipe tables while you prepare ingredients back here. Liam is doing the dishes too, you can accompany him and chat while you're at it.
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>>5517244
The possibility of legal repercussions or protestors, I'd guess might but some anons off.

>>5517248
>Outside with Macy
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>>5517248
>Inside with Liam. Handling the low amount of guests was possible when it was just you, it was everything else that made it difficult. You can leave her to take orders and wipe tables while you prepare ingredients back here. Liam is doing the dishes too, you can accompany him and chat while you're at it.
I'm curious to know what his deal is.
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>>5517254
I don't mean doing it openly, just something for loyal customers that we can trust with keeping quiet about it.
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>>5517248
>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
liam's only issue so far is that he's nervous of scyther. that's something that can be fixed on its own
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>>5517244
Basically >>5517254. Even if we’re in the clear, we could still take aa hit.

We dodge all that if we simply provide it illegally of course, or leave out names. But it sounds like we have to tell people about the pokemon in it due to allergen laws so that shoots down the true mystery meat idea.

>>5517248
>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
It seems like she needs more help staying on top of the work, so Liam will come later. Though I do feel for him working with a Scyther. They’re a little intimidating.
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>>5517279
See >>5517261

>We dodge all that if we simply provide it illegally of course, or leave out names.
That's what I was going for, but only for customers we trust.
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>>5517256
I feel like I need to clarify what I mean by "I'm curious to know what his deal is."
I don't mean with the Scyther or his work, but with him in general. I have a feeling he's dealing with some heavy stuff in life.
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>>5517246
>>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.

no illegal stuff guys we can make a successful restaurant within the bounds of the law.
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>>5517313
Where's the fun in that?
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>>5517318
Not being scum who treats pokemon poorly and detracts from society at large, to be frank. I find it far more interesting to build ourself up and lift up the town around us becoming a trusted and respected pillar of the community.
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>>5517321
I"ll try to explain this once again. I don't want Penny to be cruel to pokemon, I just think that it would be more interesting to say "fuck the regulations" and have a Goldeen special for loyal customers every Friday instead of constantly bowing to pressure.
I was initially going for Penny to become more kind over time while appreciating freedom.

Becoming a pillar of the community is what I'm also going for (and eventually going beyond that), but doing it the easy way while being constantly afraid of serving perfectly reasonable dishes doesn't sound fun or interesting.
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>>5517339
alright, that is a fair position, I am for bending the rules and finding loopholes, but not breaking them. Because the health inspector/pokemon protection groups can and will come down on us like the hammer of god if we fuck around. That a side I am glad we are on the same page when it comes to making Penny a pillar of the community.
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>>5517318
>>5517321
I'm playing it by ear, but I am absolutely open to illegality, just not wanton cruelty and abuse.
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>>5517248
>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
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>>5517346
Health inspectors/protection groups will always be an issue, especially since Penny hunts pokemon on a regular basis. It's good to worry about them, but I'm sure we can find the means to sell the dishes we want without them noticing as long as we take the necessary precautions.
Still your concern is understandable, though I feel like Penny is smart enough to manage.

>>5517365
>I am absolutely open to illegality, just not wanton cruelty and abuse.
That's exactly what I'm going for too.
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>>5517387
Illegality opens us up to unneeded dangers and possible blackmail, beyond that while penny might not be cruel and abusive but the word she would be stepping into is and that is the norm. we would be playing with fire and when you play with fire eventually you will get burned.

But as I said I am very open to bending the rules and finding loopholes to work with. that is where we can thrive and still work on the straight and narrow.
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>>5517246
Did you drew that QM?


>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.

Invest in our Macy. Turn her into permanent employee. Part time king can handle himself
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>>5517391
>unneeded dangers and possible blackmail
That's why I'm saying we should be careful and only sell to people we trust, though having a contingency plan might be a good idea (even if we don't go down the illegal path).
If we go down the straight and narrow like you're saying it will just weigh us down while making things stagnate.
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>>5517289
Ah, I thought you meant as an open menu item for anyone to see.

I’m actually okay with trying to live a relatively boring life, but I won’t necessarily oppose ignoring some rules for friends or other convictions.
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>>5517427
>>5517464
I don't think we NEED a criminal element to make a Pokemon business sim with hunts and social controversies interesting. But... MAYBE... Well, we'll see.
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>>5517248
>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
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>>5517248
>>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
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>>5517248
>>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe it'll help ease her nerves. Liam can handle himself, he's just doing miscellaneous work for now.
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>>5517414
Nah, just googled cooked pokemon fish.

>>5517254
>>5517270
>>5517279
>>5517313
>>5517386
>>5517414
>>5517551
>>5517559
>>5517811

>>5517256

Macy by a big margin. Locking in.
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>>5518008

>Outside with Macy. Stay on top of order-taking. You'll still have to go to the kitchen regularly to cook the dishes that they can't manage, but you'll go outside often and talk to her. Maybe help ease her nerves.

You observe her throughout the lunch rush. She has no problem dealing with customers themselves. You note that she lacks that 'customer service' voice though. There's no fake pep and forced smile, it's just a monotone 'Hi, welcome to Penny's, may I take your order' sorta deal. But Lobraise is a small town, people probably don't get super whiny about not having waiters jerking them off, like in the big city. You take note of that for later, it's something you might want to coach her on. As long as you're out here taking orders as well, she seems way more relaxed, and is able to focus on customers without issue. She keeps her ginger hair tied up in a tight ponytail, and her bearing is decent enough, so no issues there.

Once there's a little break in the action, you head over to the counter and wait for her to finish keying in someone's order. They pay up and leave, giving you a friendly nod in the meantime.

"Bye Penny. Bye Macy."

"Bye! Come again soon!"

People at least know your name now, which means your restaurant is increasing in popularity. If you're going to do an opening event, it'll have to be next week, or the time for it will pass. Prepping for it is going to take quite a bit of your free time. You push that to the back of your mind for now, and turn your attention to your new employee.

"How's the morning been so far? You holding up okay?"

"Um... Yeah. Doing alright. Sorry about messing up that order earlier." She says, wringing her hands.

"No worries, it happens. We had to throw it away, but stuff like this happens."

"Throw it? Can't we keep it for lunch or something?" She asks.

"Sometimes. It depends on the case." You say, stepping past her to check the till. "If we give them something that they instantly reject, we can take it
back to the kitchen. Like if they order soup and we give them the wrong one. But she cut into it and saw that the colour was wrong, and it wasn't what she asked for."

"But she didn't take a bite, did she?" Macy asks.

"No. But she had some appetizers on the table. So there's a good chance there's saliva on the fork. Basically, if you see anyone start handling the food, it's unhygienic to just pick it up and eat it after." You explain, closing the register back up with a loud 'ding!' sound. It's a bit of a waste, but you're not going to be a huge bitch and demand she pay for it out of her salary. It's her first day on the job, that's a surefire way to tank your relationship. Not a big deal in the end.
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"Wow... There's a lot more to keep track of than I thought. A lot cleaner than working with kids though."

"Right. You said you had experience in a daycare?"

Macy nods. She's a lot less nervous when she's just talking to you. The fact that you're both within a year or two of each other helps out a lot, you can hopefully come off more like a peer than some big imposing boss. Your eyes rove over the room, counting the amount of customers. There's no queue outside, and the place is at more than half occupancy. Pretty good for a new place in town. You should take some time to visit the other restaurants, check out the competition and all.

"Back in Unova, yup. Kids can be a handful. I quit after a bit, when we had to move. They were cute, at least. Am I... doing okay? I keep worrying about messing up more."

"You're fine. You just have to be a bit more careful, and get your nerves in order. But it's just day one, don't sweat it, okay? Come on, let's head to the kitchen. After lunch, you and Liam are gonna swap spots. You still remember how to do the appetizers?"

She shakes her head sheepishly.

"Don't sweat it, we'll go over it again. Let's go."

>Bond with Waitress Macy increased!

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You step outside for some fresh air after the lunch rush. Macy and Liam are in the kitchen with Scyther, who's supervising them with a keen eye and keener blades. Macy is a lot less awkward around him than Liam was. The two of them are going over the appetizers and soup, and Liam is explaining plating to her. He's worked at several buffet places, you found out, which tends to pay well. You look towards your truck in the distance, which is still covered in tarp and crap. You can't leave in the middle of the day to go wash your car, the two won't be able to handle things on their own, so that's something you can do in the evening. For now, you have a little bit of free time.

>Go back into the kitchen to train the two of them some more. How much they can absorb on their first day is limited, but keeping on top of things will pay off later down the line.

>Have a chat with your regulars. Brady is back, and is enjoying a Bucket o' Clauncher with his bare hands right now. His huge backpack is there as usual.

>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.

>Spend some time planning for your grand opening event. You'll need to do this multiple times throughout the week to get things in order. If you can't get the prep done in time, you'll have no choice but to drop the idea and just continue as you are, losing out on the big publicity bonus from an event.
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>>5518025
>Spend some time planning for your grand opening event. You'll need to do this multiple times throughout the week to get things in order. If you can't get the prep done in time, you'll have no choice but to drop the idea and just continue as you are, losing out on the big publicity bonus from an event.
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>>5518025
>>Spend some time planning for your grand opening event. You'll need to do this multiple times throughout the week to get things in order. If you can't get the prep done in time, you'll have no choice but to drop the idea and just continue as you are, losing out on the big publicity bonus from an event.
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>>5518025
>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.
Grand Opening us important, but our regulars are key! Let's make sure we at least have passing familiarity with all of them.
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>>5518025
>Spend some time planning for your grand opening event. You'll need to do this multiple times throughout the week to get things in order. If you can't get the prep done in time, you'll have no choice but to drop the idea and just continue as you are, losing out on the big publicity bonus from an event.
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>>5518025
>>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.
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>>5518025
>>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.

Establishing good relations with all our regulars is a good idea
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>>5518025
>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.
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>>5518203
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>>5518037

Close tie, but locking it in and writing!
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https://i.imgur.com/liedzG9.mp4
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>>5518235
>https://i.imgur.com/liedzG9.mp4
This set was what inspired me to make the quest in the first place. Good stuff.

Will update in the morning, gonna take a break for tonight.
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>>5518025
>Spend some time planning for your grand opening event. You'll need to do this multiple times throughout the week to get things in order. If you can't get the prep done in time, you'll have no choice but to drop the idea and just continue as you are, losing out on the big publicity bonus from an event.
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>Have a chat with your regulars. That family is here too. They're coming pretty often, which is good news, and they tip very well each time.

This family of three has come by often. The first time the dad ordered anything was on Saturday morning, where he got the Ducklett quinoa. At the moment, he has the Murkrow fillets in front of him, and is just about to pop one in his mouth when you approach. He speaks up first.

"Hey. Penny, right?"

"That's me," you confirm.

"You catch this yourself?" He asks, while his wife and kid look towards him with an expression you can't quite decipher.

You nod again, somewhat apprehensive. There's usually only two ways this goes. Fortunately for you, the peaceful work day isn't interrupted by the bad one. A small smile crosses his face and he sticks the forkful of meat into his mouth. You wait patiently as he chews, savouring the gamey flavour. He swallows with an exaggerated sigh and fixes his gaze on you.

He's a middle-aged man who looks a little younger than Brady. His hair and bushy mustache are both a deep shade of green. His son's hair is the same colour, and his wife's is dark, almost blue. She's eating grilled Arrokuda, and her kid has fish and chips. You don't remember what fish it was. He holds out a hand for a shake, and you accept it reluctantly. Damn, now you'll have to wash your hands again before doing anything else.

"Name's Darrell. Little tyke's Darrell Junior, and- honey?"

"Lisa," She says, holding a hand out to shake as well.

"It's nice to finally get to know you three. I've noticed you all coming here a lot, I hope everything has been to your liking so far?"

"It's great!" Exclaims Junior, waving his fork around and accidentally flinging his chips onto the floor. Macy notices and heads over to clean it up. You give her an appreciative nod as Lisa winces awkwardly. You leave her to quietly chide junior, and turn back towards Darrell, who's gesturing to the Murkrow again.

"The missus said the grub here was good. Seafood doesn't quite sit right with me. So I held off until last week, when my lads told me about how the Ducklett was all the rage. Still not a fan of Water types, but this one? Delicious. You catch them from right outside town?"

"I did, actually. Yesterday, so it's still fresh." You say.

"They're good eating, that's for sure. I used to go out and do the same. Anything out there that was okay to eat, I'd bag it."

"Oh! Wow, what sort of Pokémon did you catch?" You ask, genuine interest leaking into your voice. Having someone like this to consult is invaluable. If he's a local hunter, he can give you all sorts of tips and information that could improve your own hunts. And he obviously has no problem with the way food is procured, from the way he speaks.

"Let's see... There was that time a Rhyhorn came down from the hills..."

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>>5519215

>Bond with Darrell household increased!

You exchange words with them till the end of their meal. Lisa is a bit less enthusiastic about all the hunting, but is still supportive enough. Junior hasn’t been on a hunt before. Listening to the story clues you in on some of the Pokémon you can find in the route leading to Lobraise. He also informs you of the abandoned railway yard, where you can very rarely find steel types. Those tend to be inedible though, so it’s mostly for trainers looking to catch team members.

After their meal, the lot of you exchange handshakes again, and you head into the kitchen to wash your hands. You see Macy scooping a basket of fries off the ground and into the bin, while Scyther shakes his head in admonishment. Liam is keeping on top of things outside, serving customers without issue. For the rest of the day, you alternate between the kitchen and seating area, keeping an eye on your two employees.

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Once you teach them how to close up shop, you give the two a little debriefing. It’s a little earlier than usual with the extra help, but not enough to be completely free at night yet.

“Good work today. As promised, here’s some P for your first day.”

You hand them each an envelope. You had this prepared just in case you had to dismiss either after a day. It would be a bad move to not pay wages even if you did that, so you had the money as a backup. You decide that both are worth keeping around.

“Who’s on