How did Giovanni get the other RR leaders to join? I remember a mention of blackmail and now I'm curious on the details
It's part blackmail, part "you have nowhere else to go >:)" except in a few cases.
Archie and Maxie are blackmailed. They're recruited IMMEDIATELY following the battle in Sootopolis. Like, they're nabbed AS Brendan is riding Rayquaza to fight Deoxys. In the main story, Archie will refer to it as "Our wanted posters weren't even printed." The two were already in no position to fight their way out, and then Giovanni added in that he would bring them to the police if they refused. Archie and Maxie were not pleased, especially when the threat continued throughout their "employment".
Cyrus is dragged out of the Distortion World with mild manipulation. Giovanni's offer is initially refused, because Cyrus likes the Distortion World, but Giovanni markets it as "a second chance" and Cyrus can't say no to that. Everyone in Rainbow Rocket tends to avoid him. Cyrus has no real loyalty to the group, but he REALLY doesn't want to do anything to potentially make him lose his second chance.
Ghetsis isn't even wanted in Rainbow Rocket. Ghetsis escapes the kids after B2W2 and hears about RR months later through the grapevine. He inserts himself into the team. Straight-up walked in and said "I'm in charge now." Giovanni denied him that immediately. He's actually one of the lowest ranking members in Rainbow Rocket.
Colress is thrilled to join. Colress slipped away after B2W2 and Giovanni quickly approached him with a special project. Colress was intrigued, and managed to convince Giovanni to put him as second in command. Ghetsis showed up months later, and Colress was very displeased.
Lysandre has no where else to go. Giovanni and Colress dig him out of the Geosenge rubble after almost a full week, and nurse him back to health. Lysandre was unconscious for all of this, and so couldn't express his wishes to be left alone. But once he wakes up and realizes he's not going to die anytime soon, Colress manipulates him into semi-believing in the cause. That, and the thinly-veiled threats that come with the "upgrades" Colress has promised him in the future.
Lusamine offers her help. She was getting better after being stopped in Ultra Space, but she still was fascinated by what she ALMOST had. She actually hears about Colress first, and he informs Giovanni that Lusamine wants to help. Lusamine agrees to help in whatever way she can, with only one condition: Colress has to promise to get her a Nihilego at some point. He accepts.
Main Story Content (vague, but in case you want to go in completely blind, this is where you should stop):
Rose refuses. This is chapter one content. Giovanni sends Maxie to ask him to join, and Rose says no. Therapy is working well, and also, Maxie's subconscious body language makes it clear to Rose that this organization isn't one he wants to be a part of.
Guzma is kidnapped. This is chapter two content. Lusamine is the one to confront Guzma, and coerces him into a deal. He comes with her and cooperate, and no one from Alola will get hurt in the RR attack. Guzma has no choice.
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