"I can't do much about the weather. I could manufacture a Rain Dance technical machine, but it would be starting from scratch and I'm sure you could find a pokemon who already knows it before I finish. But we can eliminate the ferals comfortably."
"With your approval... Then I pledge my aid to you, E-Rai Ingram. As compensation, I need somewhere to store our guns and a desert mask and a lance, if you happen to have one. Any human can be as a fighting-type pokemon, provided they stab hard."
Ingram took in the first man's speech as it came. Usually the first to speak in response to a meeting such as this was also the most arrogant of the lot, and this man certainly bled that trait, it was clear. He seemed loyal enough, however, and Ingram was not the type to turn down help from anyone in these times. These times...
"Here I thought I might have to introduce myself, but it seems that my reputation precedes me." Ingram smirked at how the person whom he'd never seen before had known his name. It was likely that one of the soldiers had mentioned the name in passing as this fellow was picked up and the man had inferred that the guy talking would be the one bearing that name.
"We have plenty of places to store your weapons that will weather the storm and not be stolen by the ferals. A lance, though, may be difficult to come across. We have mostly projectile weapons inherited from the military force, but perhaps there is a cache of melee weapons around the city that we have not come across yet. Perhaps, also, someone might have a spare. I will see to it after this."
Tobias began to speak at once, anxious to get off his chest what he'd recently discovered about the scouts. Ingram couldn't blame him, but it was slightly rude. It was okay, he'd worked with Tobias before and knew of his commitment to the cause. Ingram also knew that in some way, Tobias would repeat everything that Ingram'd already said. It was just how he did things.
"My Pokemon can temporarily stop the sandstorm but it wouldn't be permanent if we don't find the Pokemon causing the sandstorm. We will have to isolate the source from sandstorm and take it down. From there on, we should be able to stop the sandstorm permanently."
Ingram smirked; he knew Tobias too well.
"However, there is a problem. Haven is currently suffering a severe lack of resources due to the lack of trade from New Terra. Even if we do manage to scatter the Green Mass, Haven will continue to go down the drain unless we renew the trade route. We need to contact New Terra once we pass the Karud Desert."
"Most of my people have been stationed on Haven's defense perimeter outside of the city where the river keeps most of the feral presence off of our soil. My scouts confirmed that these are Green Mass ferals scouting the land. Most of these scouts are made up of Marowaks and Sandslashes. Fortunately, these Pokemon lack the ability to create a large sandstorms. Sending them back to the mountains shouldn't be a difficult task."
Ingram took in the map, which he had already seen once before, and commented swiftly in Tobias' direction.
"Tobias, the first task will of course be to eliminate the source, and then we can use your Pokemon to change the weather into something more favorable. Can any of your Pokemon capable of such a weather shift enter into sandstorms unscathed?" Ingram was aware of Tobias' Infernape, with whom his Weavile had battled alongside the other day. He knew Infernape would suffer in the sandstorms, though, and needed to know if there were any other options for Sunny Day or Rain Dance. Before Tobias could answer, though, he turned back to the man he was speaking with earlier to finish his discussion there.
"About your technical machine, we do not have the working equipment necessary to even teach a Pokemon anything from a TM. However, I would venture that maybe you do if you're making such an offer. I will keep it in mind, although I suspect we may not have the time for such design and development. With the presence of feral scouts as given by Tobias - " Ingram gestured back to Tobias and the map
" - I feel that the attack may be imminent. I have posted my Lucario as a scout; he will inform us of any developments."
"Furthermore, my friend, I do not believe I caught your name." Ingram smiled warmly.