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N-no way. Not again!
[The camera pans, ever so slowly, to show the following...]
[Seven feet of stiff pixels. It's not alone, either. Off to the side, viewers are treated to...]
[And as the camera continues to pan, more and more monsters seem to have met the same fate.]
[They flicker. Briefly, they move and look like normal Pokémon, only to stiffen up again. The music drones on and one. And on...
The camera pulls away. Riku looks to the screen, trying to keep his expression blank, but his lips twitch, trying to form a frown.]
This happened before. It's just like the first Halloween I spent here. The lanscape's blocky. My Pokémon are barely moving. Bet you anything there's a MISSINGNO. just waiting to pop up.
[The camera shakes a bit. The hallway, dark and pixelated as it is, seems to scroll behind him. Off to the side, images of more blocky creatures emerge, some in better states than others.
He passes through a doorway. The scenery abruptly shifts to Celadon City, not that you'd recognize it with everything reduced to pixels. Outside, Riku slumps against the wall of the Training Center, its graphics slightly garbled and vaguely resembling a Gym Sprite. File not found...?
When Riku speaks again, the audio shifts up and down in pitch. Static distorts the feed, though Riku doesn't take notice at first.]
It's probably the same across the board, but just in case, is there anyone who isn't surrounded by pixels? I'm gonna do some recon, see how the locals are taking it, but if anyone's confused, I can try to--
[The screen ripples, then fills with a flash of static as this sound starts to play, if only for a moment.
Soon after, the following message appears.]
An error has occurred. To continue:
Press ENTER to return to POKéCONNECT or
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart your device. If you do this, you will lose any unsaved information in all open applications.
Error : 0E : 016F : BFF9B3D4
[Following the broadcast, he can be found wandering from Celadon across the various cities. He's a man on a mission, determined to sort out what's going on and find someone, anyone who isn't completely clueless about the situation.]
It hovers closer, and he finally turns around, gaze distant despite the camera's close proximity.]
You ever stop to wonder about our place in this world?
[Why, yes, it's one of those messages.]
I mean, think about it. We're dragged from our homes, dropped here and expected to play by their rules. And sure, some of us are successful. We've had businesses sprout up from nothing, helped fight off giant monsters, been invited to proms...
Still, we're outsiders, and sooner or later, we might disappear, and all the work we do here gets left behind.
[He looks up, sighing softly.]
It just got me thinking... What do the locals think about us? Do we count as citizens, even though we aren't part of the world? And how much do they really know about us in the first place?
But maybe I'm over thinking it. I mean, this is a world that somehow manages to sustain itself even without an obvious education, limited career paths, and a surprising amount of pacifism in the face of crime. Community service as catchall punishment's kinda light, after all...
[Leaning back, Riku shrugs.]
I don't know. What are your guys' thoughts? I've got time to kill.
In fact, there most certainly is.]
So, summer. Probably the best time to hit the beach. The sun, the sand, the surf... What's not to like? For all my complaining about the islands, I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss them sometimes.
[He pauses, shaking his head.]
But this isn't about me. It's about Sora. See, his birthday's coming up on the 23rd, so we're gonna be having a party down in Vermilion. A beach party.
[He raises an index finger, grinning.]
But, see, Sora's a sap. He'd make friends with just about anyone, so this party's gonna be open to anyone who wants a good time. Might even make it a potluck-- celebrate the summer with a bang, before the temperatures drop. It is almost August now...
[After a few moments, his grin fades, and he looks toward the ocean with a calmer expression.]
Though I've gotta wonder. What do you think the average age is for guys like us? And for that matter, I wonder how many people have stuck around for more than a year... Seems like there aren't as many kids as adults nowadays. Kinda funny when you think about it.
[The locals start their journeys at age ten, yet so many of them are twenty and up...
He shrugs, waving a hand.]
Anyway, we can set up transportation if you're outta town. Otherwise, I'll catch you later.
A Hawlucha stands at the top of the sign, a rose in his talons as he takes a dramatic bow. He trills and dives at the camera, swooping up at the last second. Whoever's recording this is going a bit crazy with the choreography. Well, assuming it wasn't the Pokémon's idea.
A rose drifts to the ground, caught by a leaping Heliolisk who does a quick spin, and... okay. This is getting kinda silly. So silly that there's a whistle off screen, and the camera pans away from this silly display to show a silver-haired dork, about six feet tall and twenty years old, smiling wryly at his goofy party.
For a long time, the Breeding Center was one of the top trainer-run businesses in Johto and Kanto. It got its start around four or five years ago and kept going strong until last fall, when its owner disappeared and the place finally shut down.
It sucked, because the place had a lot going for it. Free eggs for newbies, a Foster Home for abandoned Pokémon. It was the go-to place for trainers and breeders alike. So, Sora and I decided to start working on bringing it back to life. And speaking of goofs, there happens to be a spiky-haired dork with him.
But what's the deal? Why the fanfare? Turning away from the building, Riku addresses the camera.]
So, some of you guys might remember the Breeding Center. Before it shut down, it was the place to go if you wanted to scoop up new Pokémon eggs. Thing is, they closed down last fall, and ever since, there hasn't been a central hub for egg sales. So, Sora and I got the bright idea to bring it back, and we're planning on bringing back the Foster Home for good measure.
[He casts a side glance to Sora.]
And no, you can't keep them all.
[It's said as a joke more than anything. Sora's roster's already huge. They're definitely gonna have their work cut out for them if people put their 'mons up for adoption.]
[ of course Sora has his arms full of eggs. as Riku makes the comment, he sticks out his tongue. ]
Ignore him. He's the one that always wants to breed. And it's not my fault that these guys like me!
[ Sora. the pied piper of pokemon. ]
[Well, that didn't sound awkward at all. So, it's not even remotely intentional, but it's enough to make Riku cough and avert his eyes for a moment.]
Hey, c'mon. It's not like eggs come out of thin air.
[Plus, it's a good way to make money and get people the Pokémon they've always wanted. A win/win situation in his book.]
Anyway, if you're new or just looking to expand your team, we've got a roster of about fifty-four species to start, and newbies get a free pick of one egg, plus a fifty percent discount on all other eggs. But more than that, we could use your help. See, Sora and I have a lot of Pokémon, but there's no way we can cover every species out there. So if you've got spare eggs or don't mind lending a few of your teammates, we'd appreciate it. Or heck, if you're out of town, we're always up for donated catches.
[And just when he's about to wrap things up, a Weavile takes his turn onscreen, speaking with a fake accent, though in fluent English. He's kind of a nerd.]
I, for one, would adore the company of an intelligent and refined member of my fine species. Or a Sneasel. The point being, I'm--
[Riku pushes him away.]
Getting kinda desperate, and this isn't a dating service.
[Ugh. Why's he gotta ruin the mood?]
So, if you've got questions, we'll do our best to answer them. And for those of you who just popped up, I finally got around to updating my guide if you're still feeling a little lost.
[This is still sounding like a glorified ad, so just to give people something to talk about...]
Think I'll close this off with a few quick questions. What kind of Pokémon do you prefer? Big, tough and intimidating? Small and cute? Do you like evolution or hate it? And just for a random curve ball, what's your favorite background music here?
[With that the feed ends, leaving a few attachments.]
Training for Dummies.txt
Breeding Center Contact
Foster Home Contact
Can't believe this...
[Sighing, he runs his hand through his hair, finally looking to the camera.]
Next month, I'll have been here for five years. When I first popped up, I was only fifteen, and now I'm twenty. That's a fourth of my life spent in this place.
[And yet, what all does he really have to show for it? He has a business, sure, he's collected all the badges, trained an enormous team, and explored both regions. He leads the PGC, though they've hardly done anything in recent months. Part of it's the stress, part of it's the relative peace.]
I always thought growing up would feel... I don't know, bigger. And maybe it's this place. Most people just become trainers. They don't go to college, they don't develop a career. Outside of badges, what is there to really strive for in a place like this? When I look back at how I was and how I am now, I've definitely changed, but at the same time, I don't feel different.
Never finished high school, since the schools here focus on training. Can you believe I'm actually starting to miss homework?
[Ha. How times change.]
I don't know. Anyone else ever feel this way? Maybe I'm just over thinking things...
You guys ready for this?
[ third year. it's officially a tradition. Sora? he's bouncy. two year victor here. he's pretty confident this streak is going to last. ]
I dunno... Are you ready to lose again, Riku?
[See that? That would be Riku slapping his face with his palm.]
Don't get ahead of yourself. A lot can change in a year.
[Not that he particularly feels invested by now, but it is tradition, and he can't ever turn down a challenge.
The camera pans down to Kairi, the lovely host for this little wager. She grips a pair of clip-on antlers in her hand, disappointed that she couldn't convince Riku to wear them. She will, however, make sure he at least ends the night with the glowing red nose.]
Hey everyone! It's time for us to see which one of these two is the bigger dork.
[Wait that's not it.]
We're looking to see who believes in Santa! If you don't know Santa, he's the big guy who flies around the world with his magic reindeer delivering presents to all the good boys and girls.
[And the fluffy red hat atop her head should make it easy to see what team she's on.]
Old Man Riku is such a stick-in-the-mud that he doesn't believe in magic presents anymore, so Sora wants to prove him wrong. Whoever loses gets to show off their "Christmas Spirit" for everyone to see, so make sure you all vote!
[Riku rolls his eyes, flicking Sora's shoulder.]
Hey, if I'm old, so's he. But anyway, consider this our Christmas tradition. So... place your bets. We'll see who ends up singing their heart out this time...
Pfft. Coming from the guy with white hair? I'm not so sure that you're not old... Foofyku.
[ Sora snickers, escaping to stand by Kairi and throws a friendly arm around her shoulders. ]
Just remember this, guys... Voting on Riku's side means you have to hear me and Kairi sing and do you really wanna have to put people through that?
Hey, we gotta shake it up somehow. Besides, Sora's gonna need a decent backup singer, otherwise it'd just be painful.
[The feed ends with Sora pouting and sticking out his tongue.]
[The feed begins with a series of snapshots. It starts with images of a war-torn battlefield lined with giant crystals, Team Aqua and Magma grunts and hordes of Pokémon and trainers alike.]
This world isn't safe.
[The images shift. New snapshots appear of Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon, taken from a safe distance above, but distinct in that they are indeed giant, glowing monsters.]
What happened last week is proof of that. You may all be content to enjoy a carefree lifestyle, but if it weren't for divine intervention, life as we know it would have ended with a whimper.
Together, we were able to hold off Team Aqua and Magma's forces, but the battle doesn't end there. If you could make a difference in the protection of this world, would you do it?
[The message ends there. About a half hour later, another text appears on the network, this time from a non-anonymous source.]
So, I think we all learned something valuable from that mess down at Tohjo: Don't summon giant lizards and whales to start the apocalypse. God doesn't like it.
There's a lot I could say. It was a busy few days, but if you look past all the legendaries, the explosions, and those cornball teams, there are two things that stick out to me: the weird power up some of our Pokémon got and the Pokémon god himself.
[Case in point? Here's an image of a Mega Sharpedo getting punched in the nose by a Mega Charizard X.]
So, what do you guys think that power was? Did any of you get a straight answer from Arceus? And how about that fairy type?
By the way, looking for a status report from all remaining members. With so many of us gone, we're gonna have to shuffle the squads. That's also why I sent out a recruitment message.
The camera pans around to show what looks like a weird amalgamation of a Rotom and a portable oven. Next to the oven we have two teenagers some might recognize as Sora and Riku. Grinning, Riku steps aside and turns to his friend.]
You ready for this?
[ and Sora looks about as giddy as ever. that means this is either going to be AWESOME ...or an utter disaster. probably a disaster but there's no way that they are going to stop this ]
All right. Then let's get this show on the road.
[The Rotom whirrs and grins, as the read aura surrounding its body flickers and dances. It shuts its eyes, leans back, and then, WHOOSH!
Out pops a pizza, flying through the air like a frisbee. Riku's grin grows even larger than before, and he crosses his arms.]
Ha, I knew this'd pay off.
[Or so he thinks. Off camera, there's an audible SPLAT, followed by a shriek that can only be described as that of a banshee crossed with a screaming, red-tailed hawk. A shadow descends over the boys, and a flock of feathery figures descend, led by a bird coated in bits of cheese, sauce, and crust. The birds all have one thing in common: they're new, and they all have lucha masks.
The feed cuts abruptly as the cheese-stained bird hurls a rose at the dorky duo.]
[Later, the following message appears.]
So bird wrestlers are a thing now.
Word of advice: don't hit them in the face with pizzas. I barely got out of there without getting reduced to jerky. The good news is, we found out you can turn Rotoms into portable pizza launchers. Anyone else try hooking them up to appliances?
Downside's that I wound up wasting almost all my Pokéballs. Anyone want a weird, masked eagle? They're free.
Might as well tack on a shameless plug while I'm at it. Our Pokémon had a little quality time together, and now we got eggs to sells. Charmanders, Treeckos, Gligars, Darumakas, and Gibles. I'll attach a list of prices and moves.
P.S. Could somebody explain why those birds have masks in the first place? I feel like I'm missing something.
[ooc: Eggs can be found here. Chars from the last app round and the upcoming one get a 50% discount.]
And then the camera pans to Riku, looking slightly soaked, with his hair clinging to his skin.]
You know, at this rate, I bet the Department Stores are gonna run out of Sunny Day TMs. It's been, what? A week since this weather started? I'm surprised the routes haven't flooded yet...
[Groans, waving one of his hands.]
But anyway, I was thinking. We know these "Bloobers" are called Goomies now, and the Pokédex has some info, but has anyone ever thought about swapping notes on these guys? The Pokédex can only tell us so much, and if there's another region out there with tons of new Pokémon, then--
[Riku's cut off by an abrupt SPLAT, as a water balloon nails him in the cheek, splashing water all over his already damp hair and leaving bits of rubber stuck to his cheek. If that's not bad enough, the Sunny Day ends abruptly, and the downpour resumes with a vengeance, splattering him with big, wet droplets.
The culprit? That'd probably be the spiky-haired doofus laughing in the background. Once Riku pulls the busted balloon off his face, he whips around and charges...]
Oh, so you think you're funny, huh?
[And the feed cuts.
Later, a text message pops up on the network:]
Text/Filtered from Sora;;
So, Sora's turning eighteen on the twenty-third, and I'm wondering what you guys think is a good way to celebrate. It's kind of a big deal for him, and I really want to make it count. And if any of you guys are friends with him, I bet he'd love to see you around. Just gotta figure out the right location and hope we don't get nailed by more stupid rain.
Tenten's gone, which means we're down one of our group leaders. We've lost a few other members recently as well, and I think it's just about time to start recruiting again.
Tenten's loss means we're also down one team organizer, which means we're gonna need someone to step up. Preferably someone good at bookkeeping.
If you've got anything new to report, let me know.
So, I know everyone's getting amped up for the prom, and I can't really blame you guys. Tohjo's a pretty sweet resort, but something about it still bugs me. That place is supposed to to be the Elite Four's private getaway, and we haven't even seen them over the past few years, let alone heard from them.
[He narrows his eyes, shifting his position against the counter.]
Gotta wonder what their deal is. Supposedly, they're the toughest trainers out there, but ever since I came here, they've been MIA. No challenges and no explanation, but the locals talk about them like they're these big-time celebrities.
[He waves one of his hands.]
Maybe this year will be different. Beats me, but I guess if anyone wants to hang out during the party, we can work something out. That's what parties are for, right? Not fussing over battles that might not even happen...
[Sigh. With that all said, he'll switch to a private channel.]
Filtered to PGC/Allies;
Heads up. I know the timing's kind of bad, I figure we won't have a better chance then this. Sometime during the party, we need to meet up and touch base. It's been a while since the incident down in Olivine, but I doubt the Rockets will stay quiet for long.
If you're worried about getting caught, don't be: the place is huge, and I'm sure almost everyone will be too busy with the party to consider tracking us down. But just for added security, we can pick a secluded spot and talk there.
Listen up. I'm sure you all saw that little threat about "war" in Olivine, so I'm gonna say straight up: don't do anything rash. I bet you anything that he wants to lure us there. Thinks we'll be clueless enough to rush out and reveal ourselves with the smallest threat.
Now, those bombs aren't small by any means, but if we're gonna protect Olivine to the fullest, we need a plan. This isn't something we can charge into and expect an easy victory. With stuff like this, there's always a catch.
So my question for you guys is this: how many of you are dead set on going to Olivine? I think we should be careful about how many of our members we send. The last thing we need's to reveal all our cards at this stage, especially when we're still trying to rebuild the Corps. More importantly, we've got more to worry about than engaging this guy. What about evacuations? Giving the residents a heads up? The locals don't really keep tabs on the 'Gears from what I can tell. There's a few ways we can approach this.
So, I'm gonna open up the floor to any suggestions, plans, or whatever else you want to bring to the table. The PGC's a group effort, and every one of your opinions counts.
Lightning and Hope are gone, which leaves us without leaders. That also cuts our numbers down to ten.
So, my question for your guys is "what next?" I don't think we should disband; just a quick look at the network will show that goons like Cobra are still at large. Still, we're gonna need some structural changes. New leaders, possibly new squads, and, more importantly, new members.
I guess I just want to know what you think. I don't know every one of you personally, but the PGC is supposed to be a team, so everyone should have a chance at giving feedback. I think if we sort out our strengths and weaknesses, that could help us with restructuring. It might be better to have multiple leaders so that if anyone disappears, there's people to fall back on. Maybe each squad can have one, beats me.
I'm gonna throw up an anonymous message in a sec to see about gathering newbies, though. If you've got friends you'd like to recommend, might as well bring them up now.
[Shortly after the PGC message pops up, a second message appears:]
What does this world mean to you? Do you think it's something worth protecting, or would you rather sit on the sidelines and watch it burn? This place is more than sunshine and Pokémon battles. If given the choice to make a difference, would you take it?
[He remembers Lightning doing something like this before. He'll just have to keep his fingers crossed that it works.]
Sora won. Stantler can fly. Santa probably exists here... It's like this place wanted to rub it in.
[Ugh. Well, a bet's a bet, so after a few moments, he starts to sing in a very, very annoyed voice. He doesn't sound bad, just... remarkably unhappy.]
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas, and a...
You know what? I'm done. Can't go any further than this.
[Sora pops into view at about this time, nudging Riku and prodding him. He's dressed just as festively, donning a Santa hat.
After a couple more seconds, they both start singing, though Sora sounds much happier about it than Riku.
By the time they finish, Riku rips off the nose and flings the antlers aside.]
Well, I guess that's a wrap. Have a merry Christmas, don't get run over by Stantler and take it easy on the eggnog.
And please, just... don't laugh too hard.
[With that, he shuts off the feed.]
[ooc: Here's a list of gifts Riku got people. If you think you're missing, please let me know in the thread. Sometimes I forget things I really shouldn't.]
Hey, Johto. Kanto. Have I got some news for you.
[Riku grins wildly as he reaches behind his back and holds up a photo for all to see:]
See this guy? Dorky grin, messy hair, looks kind of like a goofball? Well, that's because he is, but that's not the point. No, the point is, he's feeling kind of down in the dumps. A bit lonely. Guy spends all his time glued to my hip, but deep down, he wants nothing more than to serenade someone special into the night, and--
[He has to stop himself because... man is he having trouble taking this seriously, but darn it. Sora needs a taste of his own medicine.
Right, after catching his breath, Riku continues.]
The point is, he's looking for a date. Or maybe a handful. Maybe even something longterm. Sora's a complete sap, making friends with everyone he meets, always wearing the same stupid smile, and, to be fair, he's probably the best friend a guy could ask for. But there is one little road bump: he actually believes in Santa Claus.
Which brings me to point two. See, I noticed a ton of people vouching for him, but I know there's gotta be at least some of you smart enough to admit Santa's made up. Even if you're not into bets, here's some incentive: speak up, and there's a chance you might get to see Sora belt out cheesy Christmas songs. Trust me, you'll get a good laugh.
[Well, Twilight suggested bringing it up. Whether or not it works remains to be seen.]
What he hadn't expected was the piercing migraine. The flashes of images-- memories? Or maybe nightmares. Sora laughing alongside a group of strangers, having the time of his life. Without him. Kairi's body, locked in slumber. But why? These memories float aimlessly in his heart, as if they'd been forcibly inserted, unable to mesh with the three years worth of experiences he'd had free from darkness.
Yet he can't shake the feelings of jealousy, anger, loneliness, and fear just as he can't shake the pressure bubbling in his chest. Last 4th wall, he'd lost control of his body. This time, he remains in the driver's seat, yet that darkness remains, forced to the surface. Part of him wants to embrace it, but it's not right.
And so, as he addresses the network, he wears a weary expression, wincing every now and then and clutching his head, as if trying to keep his thoughts straight.]
So, it's that time again, huh? And who's decided to show up this time around?
[He snickers, running a hand through his hair.]
Anyone ever thought of making a list? You know, to see if there's any pattern to this mess. Feels like whenever this happens, we get so lost in the chaos that it's hard to make sense of it all.
Personally? I think we should take advantage of the situation while it lasts. Get info, test the limits. I'm sure it's been done before, but I'm half-tempted to scope out that cave by Cerulean and...
[His brow furrows, and he averts his eyes. No, maybe he shouldn't explore. First, he needs to find his friends. He has to make sure she's safe... But why? She couldn't have really lost...
Shaking his head, Riku looks to the camera again.]
...There's something I need to take care of first, but I'll be there if anyone else wants in.
[After making his message, Riku can be found throughout Johto and Kanto, sometimes riding on Charizard back, sometimes slipping through twisting corridors of darkness he didn't even know he could make. Regardless of where he appears, he's got a scowl on his face. His posture's tense, and he moves from place to place, slipping through the crowds of newcomers for familiar faces. As he moves through the regions, he can occasionally be spotted jotting things down in a little notepad.
Eventually, he'll settle by Cerulean Cave, determined to venture into the unknown and inevitably get his ass handed to him.]
[ooc: Quick explanation is this. For the duration of 4th wall, Riku's been hit with memories from later on in KH1 as well as some of those abilities. It's not a true canon update, however, as he's yet to truly experience those events and, post-4th wall, the specific memories will vanish.]
[It's late at night when Riku addresses the network. His hair's kind of a mess, and he looks like he hasn't slept at all. Still, he forces a faint smirk on his face and runs a hand over his head, trying to look a bit more presentable.]
So, about that fighting tournament... Anyone think we should have those more often? It's kind of a bummer I didn't get to fight most of you guys. Can't really get stronger unless I--
[He stops, sighing. His words came out halfhearted, anyway. Even a complete stranger could probably tell something's amiss. For the next few seconds, he stands there in silence, glancing off screen. A Charizard briefly passes by in the background, folding his arms and snorting. He gives a look that screams, "Stop being dumb". He and Riku exchange stares, complete with utterings of, "It's nothing". However, once Flare spreads out his wings and gives a low growl, Riku reluctantly turns back to the camera.]
...Never mind. That's not really what I wanted to talk about anyway.
[Granted, he didn't want to talk about this either, but with a persistent dragon peering over his shoulder, he's kind of been boxed into a corner. Sigh...]
I guess what I want to know is how you're supposed to deal with regret. I'm not good at talking about this sort of thing, but... let's say you get a reminder of some stupid mistake you made a while back. What are you supposed to do about that? Especially if it happened so long ago that it really shouldn't matter in the first place...
[It's dumb. He knows it's dumb and he shouldn't put so much stock into a nightmare, but given how little time he's spent with Slacker, who knows?
Either way, he'll just have to hang tight. Now that he's made his case, Riku clicks the video feed off.]
You know, it's too bad summer's almost over. Cerulean's water park's gotta be one of the best attractions I've seen in Johto or Kanto. If you haven't seen them yet, you should really check out their water shows. Think there's only a week or two left before they shut down for the season. Come to think of it, the bug catching contest's over too, isn't it? Seems like all the fun stuff happens over just a few months.
[It's been a solid enough distraction after everything that's happened. Scooping up Kairi, his stubborn fixation on honing his own strength (and getting a few scrapes and bruises in the process). At least staying on the move satiates his wanderlust.
Ah well. After shaking his head and chuckling softly, Riku props one hand on his hip and continues.]
Anyway, you'd be surprised what happens when you've got hours of free time and nothing else to do. I talked to John about this a while back, but... Dodrios. You'd think that without wings they'd be grounded like ostriches, but they're not. So, I decided to teach one Fly and... well, just see for yourself.
[The tilts the camera up, giving a fine view of, well... this, just with a single Dodrio. There's nothing remarkable about it beyond its disregard to physics, but at least it'll make a good present for Sora. And now that he's shown off that little oddity, he'll turn the camera back on himself.]
But that's nothing new, right? Gastlies can learn punches somehow and Cubones hatch with their skulls. Now that I think about, do Farfetch'd start out with those leeks? I don't know. I'm sure there are stranger Pokémon attack combos out there, so if anyone's got any, I'd be happy to hear. Not like I've got any plans right now.
['til then, the feed clicks off.]
A young man, callow and foolish in innocence came to own a sword. With it, he smote Pokémon, which gave sustenance, with carefree abandon. Those not taken as food, he discarded with no afterthought. The following year, no Pokémon appeared. Larders grew bare.
Just let that sink in for a second. A sword. Killing and eating Pokémon. Still with me?
[Then he'll continue.]
The young man, seeking the missing Pokémon, journeyed afar. Long did he search, and far and wide, too, until one did he find.
Asked he, "Why do you hide?" To which the Pokémon replied...
"If you bear your sword to bring harm upon us, with claws and fangs, we will exact a toll. From your kind, we will take our toll, for it must be done. Done it must be, and for it, I apologize."
To the skies, the young man shouted his dismay. "In having found the sword I have lost so much. Gorged with power, I grew blind to Pokémon being alive. I will never fall savage again. This sword I denounce and forsake. I plead for forgiveness, for I was but a fool."
So saying, the young man hurled the sword to the ground, snapping it. Seeing this, the Pokémon disappeared to a place beyond seeing.
[Riku snaps the book shut, placing it down. Afterwards, he shifts into a more comfortable position, arms folded over his chest.]
So, ignoring the obvious anti weapons message here, this story's pretty interesting. It's an old legend from the Sinnoh region, and if it holds any truth, it means that the people in this world used to use real weapons and actually hunted Pokémon. Plus, when you look at stuff like Skarmory's Pokédex entry, you see bits about forging swords from their feathers. You gotta wonder why they stopped and why they're so paranoid about people defending themselves.
You think it's because people abused that power?
[Either way, he's glad he swung by the library. Sometimes they actually do have interesting reads.]
[The feed clicks on revealing a very disgruntled Riku with his hair ruffled up, bags under his eyes, and a stiff expression as he fends off his vicious attacker!
Said attacker is one of the Zombie Archens, currently swooping at his head with a mouthful of sticks and giving a brood curdling Kraaaaa! as he swats it away.]
Seriously, quit it. My hair is not a nest.
[He raises his voice before addressing the camera.]
Say, anyone else end up with fossils before all this? Looks like that seance reached further than bonies buried under the ground; this thing used to be a hunk of rock sitting in my room. Now it's trying to--
[Kyaaaa! The Archen dives again, dropping some of the sticks. Ugh.]
Now it's trying to weave my hair into a mobile nest. Now, I know there are people with Archens out there. Please tell me there's a way to make them stop...
Video B/Action, backdated to 27th;
[When the attack intensifies and the more powerful Pokémon come out to play, Riku does something stupid. Namely, he marches out into the fray wielding nothing but a hunk of metal shaped like a giant key. Yup, he's trying to fight off vicious dino-zombies using nothing but his makeshift weapon.
A Kabutops swipes its blade at him, and he lunges to the side in order to dodge. Sneering, he smashes his weapon into its chest. It screeches upon impact, but just when it seems this crazy teen might have an edge. After parrying another slice, he knocks the beast upside the head...
And then there's a screech, followed by hissing. Riku looks up, only to get a face full of tentacles.
It would seem that the Omastar bomber squad has arrived, given the Aerodactyls dropping the buggers down from the sky. Before the feed ends, there's a shot of a Haunter snickering next to a circle of Aerodactyls giving the equivalent of dino laughter. Off screen, Riku can be heard shouting--]
Gah! Don't tell me you've been recording this whole time.
[The feed clicks off, but anyone in the Olivine area is free to stumble upon raining crustaceans.]
Cue another feed with both boys performing noticeably better. Riku looks to the camera and flashes a smug grin. They perform a few more tricks before returning to the shore and addressing the network properly.]
[ the first to formally pop his head in direct veiw of the camera is Sora, shaking out the sea water from his hair. ]
So glad that the snow melted. I mean, I love snow and all, but having it ruin our beach plans wouldn't have been cool.
[In the background, a fairly disgruntled Weavile wanders by, slurping some sort of smoothie. He stops just long enough to address the feed with a fake, stuffy accent.]
Tsk. Frankly, I would have preferred an entire week of snow. This summer heat is simply too much.
[Suddenly Riku regrets bringing an ice type to town. Heaving a sigh, slips into view just a few seconds later, rolling his eyes at his Pokémon.]
Well, at least it's gone now. At any rate, if anyone's hanging around Olivine, Sora and I are setting up camp out here by the shore. If you don't mind some rough waves, feel free to drop by. We're planning on whipping up some barbeque in a bit.
[Those in the area are free to drop by Olivine's beach, where the two KH dorks will be hanging ten, among other things.]
[So, early in the day, Riku happened to stumble upon a pretty wild discovery.
Those watching may notice some eerie music. Anyone around for the Missingno event of '09 is sure to recognize it...
Though the music abruptly fades to this a few seconds later as a small group of MISSINGNO. appear.]
So, anyone else feeling a little nostalgic? Because, seriously, these things take me way back.
[Now he can only hope that his team hasn't reverted to pixels again.]
[When the camera turns on again, there's a strange darkness to the images presented. Black pools form along the ground with bulging yellow eyes, and Riku stands in the very center with his back facing the screen...
He lets out an eerie chuckle before turning to face everyone. The smirk on his face seems a bit more sinister than the norm, and when he speaks, there's another voice underlying his own.]
What a peculiar world... Here the denizens seem content to partake in childish spars. They are reliant on other creatures to suit their needs and therefore fail to function without these beasts as their crutches. They are everywhere, as if worshiped like gods.
[He folds his arms over his chest.]
Such a peaceful place... I do wonder how long this will last. After all, darkness claims all worlds in time, as well as every beating heart. This boy was a fool to think he could resist me. His stay has only delayed the inevitable, as you can plainly see.
[Why yes, that would be
But the ID no longer exists. Riku instantly feels the weight of a thousand boulders rolling over him.
He tries again to no avail. And again. Maybe he shouldn't be surprised. But still, for one of his most trusted friends to leave without even a chance to hang out for one last time...
There's a reason why he's writing this message in text instead of video.]
I don't know how many friends he actually made here, but I figured I'd pass the message along. It's probably what he'd want, right? And it's not like this place ever gives people a chance to say goodbye. Why change things now?
You'd think that after every other disappearance we'd all be used to it, but it never gets easier. Not with the people who really matter. But Kairi's left about a million times now, and I've lost plenty of other friends. Guess it was only a matter of time before he waltzed off, too.
Just... let me know if you wound up with any of his Pokémon, okay? Otherwise, I'll be around.
And no, nothing's wrong.
[A text message appears in the early hours of the day:]
What does it mean to be strong?
I thought I had the answers, but I guess I got a little sidetracked along the way.
This place puts a huge focus on training powerful teams. Collecting badges, facing challenges, and I appreciate that. It's given me something to do, and it's hard to imagine life without those goofballs on my team to liven things up. But still, you can build a tough team without being strong on your own.
[There's a short pause before he continues his message. He has to search for the right words, try to piece together what he wants to say in a way that even he can understand...
Maybe he should get to the point.]
How many people here still fight? I've tried to keep up on my swordplay, but there's only so much I can teach myself. I know there are people out there better than me. Stronger than me... People with experience outside of play sword fights on an island day after day.
I guess what I'm really trying to ask is, well... Is there anyone out there who'd be willing to show someone else the ropes? I've done pretty much all I can with Pokémon battles, but I know I've got a long way to go with my own personal strength. And besides, I just... need something new to strive for. Something to break my routine.
[He ends his message there. It came out wordier than he intended... more like a rant than anything else. But with his thoughts out for all the see, he slips out into the city and proceeds to wander aimlessly with his 'Gear in hand.
Maybe he just needs a different outlook. He's got a much bigger world at his disposal now, and he's just barely scratched the surface...
But where does he start?]
[Sigh, but that's not what this is really about. He's got other issues to discuss.]
Anyway, got a few things to discuss, so I'd better get to the point. First, I've still got a pretty huge selection of unsold eggs from the Breeding Con. Treeckos, Gligars, Vulpix, Feebas, a Larvitar, some Riolus with Blaze Kick... And a whole slew of other eggs. I'm just throwing that out there in case anyone wants some last minute purchases. Otherwise, I'm selling them to the locals around town.
[He'd donate to the BC if he wasn't afraid of them getting sold at low prices, really. Those moves don't come cheap...]
Also, that anonymous post got me thinking... How do you guys feel about Pokémon trying to learn how to speak? Does it bother you? Confuse you? And I don't mean like Psychics, who can talk to anyone with telepathy. I mean trying to use human words instead of grunts, growls, barks and... well, if yours say their species name, that too. I tried looking for records of Pokémon accomplishing it for Slash and Ace to read, but the most I could find were rumors. Seems like it's pretty uncommon, and I've only seen one or two other Pokémon on the network even try.
[Like that one Meowth Slash couldn't shut up about and some Zoroark who can say "hi".]
So, yeah. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on that, especially given the way people react to nonhumans here, like the one who used to be ponies.
[There's the sound of throat clearing off-camera before a certain Weavile wanders in with a bow.]
All responses wiarll be fieyarlded to me, by the way.
[And cue a facepalm before the feed abruptly ends.]
[ooc: One last call for eggs! Otherwise, just assume they're going to NPCs. :|b]
There's an exasperated sigh as the camera turns to Riku.]
Anyone got tips for dealing with a Pokémon that has serious self-esteem issues? Cinder's always been timid, but ever since she's evolved, she's been trying to bury herself under my bed. And no amount of talking to her's convinced her to get out.
[That'd be said Charizard, squirming, tail thumping against the floor. No, she doesn't wanna come out! Now she looks even less like Flare than before, and that's bad!
Riku promptly slaps his palm over his face. There's some chuckling from off camera soon after.]
I cood try and find Frrrr... Fyyy... Sigh, Farare, I suppose. We did have urgent business, anyway.
Yeah. I was getting there.
[Turning the camera away from the bed, the cameramon follows Riku closer to the doorway.]
So, while I wait for Flare to get his butt over here, there's something else I need to talk about. Well, me and my team. See, the other day, they up and decided that they want to be responsible parents. So, if you've ever bought an egg from me, could you at least tell me how the Pokémon are doing? If you can bring them on camera, even better.
After one of Flare's eggs hatched small, I just want to check in. Not just because of health, either; I'd love to hear how they're doing, period.
[And with that, he ends the feed. Time to try dragging out a seven-foot dragon before she breaks his bed... Sigh.]
Okay, since the data version of me came back, I figured it's time to do a little PSA. Basically, if you see two guys who look like younger versions of me, don't freak out. They aren't me. They're just based on me. One of them goes by Evan, and the other's got a black coat and took up the name Rin, I guess.
Also, since this is a newbie wave, I went ahead and updated my Training Guide, including a new section on Pokémon care. It also covers the basic questions most newbies toss around and some Pokémon recs. Like Toxicroak. I'm seriously surprised at how scarce they are.
And don't forget to check out the Pokémon Rental Service if you need a quick trip to the next town. Newbies get a reduced price, since you guys are short on funds as it is.
[Okay, advertising's done. Now he can toss something up for the old crowd...]
And to wrap things up, I've got two questions for you. First, how do you decide to nickname your Pokémon? Or if you don't... why the heck don't you? I never got the point in referring to them by species when they're all individuals.
As for the other question... Do you think it's necessary to be friends with all your Pokémon? Even if said Pokémon is vicious, bloodthirsty, and only cares about fighting?
[And with that, he'll click off the feed. Well, after throwing up two private messages and slapping on the following attachments...]
Training for Dummies.txt.
( PGC FILTER )
( Filtered to Ven )
I hope you're happy. I know I'm not.
[He sighs, clears his throat and then... sings.
Anyone familiar with hokey Christmas songs should recognize it-- Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It's not sung terribly or anything; Riku's in tune, and his singing voice is pretty decent. Unfortunately, he's carrying the song without any whimsy. It's weighed down by his grouchy demeanor, complete with a scowl. It's clear he's not enjoying this one bit.
And by the time the song draws to an end, he slaps a palm over his face, tosses the hat aside, and groans.]
No, you aren't getting an encore performance. Hold your laughter, I know it's embarrassing. Just...
[Sigh. Public karaoke. Why did he even make that bet?]
Sabrina gives out the Fly HM if you haven't earned it already, so why waste time when you can hop from Goldenrod to Saffron in a few hours? And if that's not enough incentive, Misty's badge lets you use Surf outside of battles, Surge's lets you use Strength, and Erika's lets you use Fly on the off chance you missed Falkner.
[He smirks, tossing a Pokéball up and down.]
Heck, if you wanted to, you could Fly over the bike path and grab Surf from Janine for good measure. So, basically, you can region hop and get everything you need to make travel a breeze. Besides, Kanto's worth exploring on its own merits. Bigger cities, mountains, caves, and volcanoes... Without ice to make you slip.
Just some food for thought.
( PGC filter... )
After all, it's December. The perfect time of month for what he has in store. And oh, the chance to prove his best friend wrong is too much to pass up.]
So, Johto, Kanto. It's December again, and that means Christmas is right around the corner. And if you're a kid, that usually means waiting for presents under the tree-- supposedly from Santa Claus.
So, here's a question. Do you believe in Santa?
I'm trying to get some statistical data here. And believe me, I've got my reasons.
[With that message outta the way, Riku can be found over by the Department store, buying gratuitous amounts of TMs, swinging by the Breeding Center just to see how things are going, and dropping by one of the cafes later on for a bite to eat.
And maybe he'll stop by Route 34 for good measure in order to spar with his team. Because, while watching his Pokémon fight each other is nice and all, nothing beats getting in on the action. He'll be accompanied by his big ol' Charizard regardless of where he is.]
[ooc: Just gonna make a note here since I realize his icons are misleading-- but Riku is actually 17 in Route-- almost 18 and about 6' tall now. Minor detail, but I'll probably pin that somewhere later. There was just some confusion during 4th wall about his age.
Also, Sora will possibly be threadjacking!]
What does matter is that he's gotten himself a snazzy looking Keyblade and there's a whole swarm of Neoshadows down below.
So, what does Riku do? He takes a dive straight off of the building, grinning like mad, and drives his new Keyblade into the horde. His Charizard swoops down to join him, followed by the rest of his main team: Draco the Dragonite, Ace the Lucario, Zen the Blastoise, Blade the Scizor, and even Quake the Garchomp.
But just as soon as they get into the swing of things, they're warped elsewhere. They'll be showing up all across Johto and Kanto, fighting off stupid Heartless until they eventually recede.
But just when it seems like the fun's at its end, Riku and his team arrive in the center of Celadon...
Amidst 1000 more Heartless. At that point, Riku promptly slaps his palm over his face.]
Seriously? This is getting a little ridiculous...
[Later on, when the coast is clear, Riku finds himself with a new problem. It's at that point that he addresses the network, though people are welcome to see him with his new companion as well.]
Okay, does anyone know where this bat even came from? I already checked, and it's not a Pokémon. Could've fooled me, though.
[Seriously, this bat is just... nuzzling his face. What even?]
[ooc: Also, the icons are a lie. This Riku is seventeen due to a few years in Route, but it's not a major detail or anything. Just thought I'd note that juust in case!]
But when he tried contacting her over the Pokégears, he got no response. Then, when he checked his PC, he caught several familiar Pokémon inside what would've been an empty box (the others were safe at the TC, after all). Then there was that note... Really, it didn't take much to add two and two together.
So, when he addresses the network, it's with a somber expression. There's an Arcanine bounding around in the background, but Riku doesn't pay him much mind. Making it to the semis in two cups is worth celebrating, sure, but not when he's lost a close friend.
He hesitates before, finally, he speaks up.]
To those of you that knew her, Xion's gone. I've got Bahamut and a handful of her other Pokémon, but if anyone else wound up with some her roster, could you let me know?
She probably wouldn't want us to worry about her. If anything, she'd probably want us to keep smiling, but I know she made a lot of close friends here. It's only fair of me to give you guys a heads-up.
[There's a pause, followed by a sigh.]
And good luck to everyone else in the tournament.
[With his message complete, he shuts off the gear and wanders out to the docks with Flare by his side. It's still mind boggling to think about. After over a year, he hadn't expected her to just... vanish. And after he beat her in the tourny, too.
How ironic... depressingly so.]
Grinning, Riku glances at the other Pokémon before addressing the feed. At first he doesn't even notice the music playing behind him.]
All right. I think I've held back long enough. Now that we're back from our Cinnabar trip, the Training Center's going to be opening up shop. And as part of the celebration, Kairi and I are planning on throwing a Halloween party for anyone in Kanto. After all, everything seems to happen in Johto these days, and that's a pretty huge drag for those of us who--
[Before Riku can even finish, flames spew into his face. Flare's eyes widen. The birds drop the banner, and Slacker panics, splashing Riku with a great big tidal wave. The camera rattles to the ground revealing one bruised Charmeleon, sopping with her face contorted into one nasty snarl.
There's an audible gasp offscreen.]
No way! You... you're a fire type! How did you--
[Rrrraaargh! The Charmeleon rakes her claws and lunges forward. The camera lifts up off of the ground, probably via one of Riku's ghosts, given the eerie static cackling. Gritting his teeth, Riku dashes for the fire lizard with his wooden Keyblade in hand, attempting to nail her in the gut, but she leaps over his head, kicks him in the back and lands just a few feet from Flare, spewing flames at his belly.]
( More beneath the cut! Features flying Charmeleons... or Charmeleons riding on angry birds. )
[As the Charmeleon madness continues, passers by are free to spectate at this crazy lizard and her attempts to reach the roof. And spew fire at everything that agitates her. Needless to say, she is going to keep at it for a good while.
While Riku watches, he'll slap up a text message via the network.]
Ugh. Sorry about that interruption. I'm still sorting it out, but... Seriously, is anyone game for a party in Celadon? We've got a few ideas already, like a battle tournament and some kind of dance. Hopefully by the time Halloween rolls around, this little pest problem won't be an issue, anyway.
[Just... ugh. Please let this issue get resolved as soon as possible. Darn fire lizards.]
The camera turns to reveal a Blastoise spewing water at hordes of Torkoal, Slugma, Growlithe, and Combusken. They all faint instantaneously, and there's a groan off-camera. The view turns towards Riku, a bit further up the path with a Hydreigon whimpering and clinging to him with its two extra heads.]
Crush, knock it off! You could knock these guys out without batting an eye.
[The Hydreigon moans and floats further along. The camera follows. Once it reaches Riku, he smirks.]
I've gotta say, this volcano's a treasure trove of fire types. I don't think I've ever seen so many gathered together like this. It's practically a goldmine just waiting to--
[He stops, looking over his shoulder. A Larvesta scurries by. Eyes widening, Riku books it down the path, forcing the cameramon to zip after him.]
Don't just let it get away, guys! This is just what I need.
( Cut for shenanigans which ultimately lead to... )
[The PokéGear crashes into the ground, showing lopsided footage of a Charmeleon latching onto Riku's face, swiping him with her claws and launching herself straight at Flare.
The video cuts out with a Litwick's giggling.]
[A little later, the video picks up again, with Riku closer to the lower levels of the volcano. That Charmeleon from earlier trudges into view, covered in bruises. Cue one slightly battered and irritated looking Riku.]
Look, I don't care what your deal is. Will you stop following us already?
[Rrrrgh. Raaaahr! The Charmeleon grumbles and points her claw directly at Flare, stomping her foot. Cue facepalm.]
Times like these make me wish I'd brought some repels. Anyone else ever had to deal with Pokémon stalkers before?
Some big, some small. As the camera pans around the room, viewers can find the following types of eggs. There are forty in total.
Finally, Riku turns the camera towards himself, heaving an airy sigh.]
Okay, looks like my Pokémon went overboard again, so I've got a huge egg batch for sale. Every egg sold will guarantee more money towards the Training Center's grand opening. So, if you see something that catches your eye, just let me know, and we can arrange something.
I've got Scyther, Aerodactyl, Deino, Dratini, Swablu, Gible, Squirtle, Snivy, Drilbur, Pichu, Emolga... [He pauses to catch his breath, turning towards the eggs again.]
Shinx, Axew, Larvitar, Timburr, Zorua, and Riolu. They all come with egg moves. Some with complete movesets from the start, so if you're looking for powerhouse Pokémon, I've got you covered.
[He stumbles across the floor, nudging some eggs outta the way as he slips into the hall.]
With that said, I'm still looking for some more staff at the Center. Especially Pokémon caretakers. Bonus points if you can handle temperamental dinosaurs. If you want more details, just let me know. I'll go ahead and attach some information on the Center for good measure.
[And with that, the feed ends with a click.]
Training Center Information
[Once he's finished his announcement, Riku will spend some time cleaning up his business, making sure the eggs are all in order, checking in on his friends, and then he'll step outside with his Charizard in tow to set up more posters.
Folks around Celadon are free to bump into him. The posters this time around include information on the egg sale, and once he's made a full loop around the city, he'll stick by the porch of his business and relax. There's a sign at the top of the TC that reads "COMING SOON!"]
[ooc: There are still eggs available! Note that the ones labeled Pikachu are actually Pichu. Derp.]
The feed clicks on with a closeup of a Weavile. A Weavile who smirks, waves at the camera with his claws and then clears his throat. What happens next is more than a little... strange, for the sounds he makes are a bit more articulate than his standard 'nyaaaaans'...]
Nyaaaarro, Nyoootyoo. Nyis nyyyyearter nis ch... ch... nyeh...
[He pauses, narrows his eyes, and huffs.]
Chuuunyiiite stryanye. Nyanter styorms. Teyru... chuunyite nyaruvery, nyant nyey?
[Another huff. Curse him for not being able to get the right syllables yet. At this rate, Ace will master human speech before him! Still, he must preserver. ]
Nyuh fuyuasheee rihts. Syo nyu... ch... vuuu... ck. Nyo. Nit's... Buuyiite... nyan... Buuuyuuutiivur.
[He makes a soft 'hmph' and then adds an abrupt text message.]
Just you wait, world! I will capture the beauty of human speech yet! It simply needs more... refining.
[Slash will remain with the 'Gear for about an hour and likely try holding 'conversations' with anyone who responds. Eventually, however, Riku will return to the room, sopping wet, and swipe the 'Gear from his claws.]
Sheesh, what've you gotten yourself into this time, Slash?
[And with that, he'll shut off the feed.
Those in the hotel may find Riku slipping out of his room from time to time to chill in the lobby and watch the stormy weather outside. For the most part, however, he's avoiding going out. His roommates may in fact find him pulling the curtains down over the windows. Seems someone's unhappy about the storm.]
( OOC Translation below the cut )
So, Gyms are nice and all, but they'll only get you so far. And battling Pokémon in the wild is slow, tedious, and unpredictable. Relying on the trainers along the routes will make you want to tear your hair out after a while, especially since they never get any stronger in the first place.
No, if you're serious about training, there haven't been any solid options... until now.
[He gestures to one of the posters.]
Good news is, I'm opening up a Training Center in Celadon. It's been in the works for a few months now, but I plan to open the doors within the next week or two. But before I do, I'm gonna need some help. Can't run a business on my own, after all. So, what do I need?
Mainly staff who are willing to help with publicity, Pokémon handling, customer service, money management, and battles. But not only that... I'm going to need suggestions on what kind of features to add to make sure people keep coming back. Right now, I've got some training areas set up, a pretty huge selection of level 100's who can work your Pokémon into shape, and a rental service for trainers on the go. If you want more details, I'll be attaching a link at the end of this feed along with a link to my Training for Dummies guide.
[He leans back against a building, placing a hand on his hip.]
Anyway, for you guys living in Goldenrod, what's your favorite thing to do here? Haven't been in town for a while, but I'll be going back and forth between here and Celadon. Might as well make the most of it.
[The feed ends with a click, and the following attachments appear]
Training Center Information
Training for Dummies.txt
[As soon as he's done with his message, Riku can be found throughout the town with his team, currently consisting of a very large Charizard, a Lucario, a Scizor, a Dragonite, a Blastoise, and an Axew. They all seem to be setting up more posters advertising Riku's business. Feel free to hassle him if you'd like!]
Listen up. This is urgent.
I just got back from investigating Saffron City. Turns out Cobra Commander launched an attack on the gym, and that's not all. He was using Pokémon attacks.
Yeah. I'm just going to let that sink in.
I don't know what Team Rocket's up to, but if one of their members can use Pokémon attacks, what does that say about the rest of them? The fact that he attacked one of the Gyms doesn't settle well, either. I managed to jump in during his attack, and my team held him off for the most part, but the place is still a wreck, and he got away.
Just stay on guard. I don't know what they're planning, but things are getting too weird for my tastes.
If anyone else has news from Goldenrod or any of the other cities, I'd be glad to hear it.
[The rest of the day, Riku will be trying to rest up over at the Center. Last thing he needs is to worry his friends any more than he already has. Between his injuries, the violent red blotches of skin, his light headednesss and now what feels like weird bumps on his head, something's... definitely amiss.]
[ooc: Takes place a few hours after the Saffron Gym attack. Tags will be slow, since I still have backtags to get through here and in other games, but I figured it'd be good to throw this up.]
First, welcome to any newcomers. This place can be a real handful, so hopefully you're settling in without too much trouble. To help you guys out, I've got something that'll make your life a whole lot easier.
Training for Dummies
That's right. I went ahead and updated my guide from a few months back. The update includes an overview of all sixteen gym leaders and my own personal tips after going through them all. Also includes a much-needed overhaul to the evolution section, confirmation that, no, the Elite Four and Gym Leaders can't send us home, and other small tweaks.
If you're new or just want a refresher on this place, go ahead and check it out here.
With that out of the way, I'm planning on opening up a Training Center pretty soon. ( Training Center Summary + Rental Deets )
That's it for now, but before I call it day, here's a question for you guys: How do you feel about feeding Pokémon eggs to other Pokémon? Especially when it's a major part of their diet, like with Sneasel and Weavile.
[With that out of the way, Riku closes his 'Gear and proceeds to wander around Cherrygrove for a while. He'll be spending a lot of time near the beach alongside his oversized Charizard as well as his Serperior, Zoroark, Treecko, Sandile, and Luxio. None of these guys are in their balls, so they'll probably stand out a fair bit.
When they're not lazing by the beach, they can be found sparring with one another. From time to time, Riku will even hop up on Flare's back and soar around town. Want to bump into him? He'll be just about anywhere.]
Eventually, he topples over with a pitiful growl. For the next few moments, he's motionless.
Meanwhile, Bahmut lets out a triumphant roar over his victory. Bigger dragon wins! In his excitement at besting another dragon, Bahamut turns over to his trainer and nearly barrels over Xion, who laughs and tries to pat his head. Good going, Bahamut!
While Riku smirks and heads over to Xion to congratulate her, Quake doesn't seem to share their enthusiasm. He lets out another growl, pushes himself to his feet and trudges ever so slowly over to the two of them. While they're busy basking in their victory, he raises his claws, and once he gets close enough, launches himself onto Bahamut's back with the intent of knocking him over.]
( Dragon mauling under the cut! )
[Shortly after the feed, a text appears, courtesy of Phantom:]
so. Riku was gonna brag about how he got all the Kanto badges and how the Elite Four can't send you home but I think he's a little busy right now. heh heh heh.
but do you see what I see? ♥ somebody tell them to pucker up...
when they're not being torn apart by dragons.
[ooc: Video responses will come from Riku and Xion once they've hit the Center. If you wanna do stuff with Phantom before they get patched up, that's cool too. :|b]
Well, the first Pokémon Riku sends out his his Rotom, surge, while Misty calls for her Floatzel...]
( Click here for battle details! )
[The video starts up again outside the Gym, with Riku's Pokémon close by. He holds up the badge for a moment and grins before leaning back against the frame of the door.]
So, that's four Kanto badges down, and four Elite Teams for good measure. Not bad, if you ask me.
[He tosses the badge up and down.]
Anyway, here's a question to you guys. What do you think is more important? Using the right types and powerful Pokémon or using a Pokémon that's important to you, even if the odds are against it?
And what are your thoughts on evolution?
[With that, he'll be exploring the city and gathering supplies. After all, he and Ven intend to hit Mt. Moon before long, which means they'll need to get their act together. It could be a long trip.
Should anyone else be around town, they'll find him surrounded by his team of six, all of which are rather large, except Surge. It's hard to miss a guy surrounded by an oversized Charizard, Garchomp, and Dragonite, after all.]
[The feed starts up with a kind of exhausted looking Riku leaning over the edge of his bed in the Inn. In the background, an angry looking Dragonair proceeds to let out a series of scratchy roars while whipping a Deino in the face. Riku cringes, looks over his shoulder and groans.]
Slash, do something about them.
[There's some ice flying into the two dragons, and Riku turns his attention back on the screen.]
I think I've been here for so long that Johto's just plain dull. I'm tired of hanging around here; there are still gyms to beat back in Kanto. Sora, Ven... you think we can get moving soon? I'd hate to fall behind.
[There's a long pause before he says anything else. That stinking Dragonair lets out another roar and attempts to wrap himself around Riku's Weavile. At that point, Riku reaches for one of his Pokéballs.]
So, it's been about two years since I got here. Who else is left from that first batch? And how do you guys feel about being here for so long?
[And one last thing, which he'll switch to text for.]
And for you newcomers, don't forget to check out this training guide. It explains most of the basics around here.
[With that, he'll be hanging around the inn, wandering through town, and doing some training along the routes with his ridiculous dragons. Feel free to encounter him in person if that tickles your fancy.]
Oh, and it looks like Xion's close by.]
[ Is Xion's small response to the sudden appearance of her friend falling on his face, followed by a roar that could only come from her Garchomp, Bahamut. Xion's posture is kneeling, pausing to reach out for the strange egg she found beside her when she woke up. She blinks, fully turning her head, her right eye covered behind a patch as she stares in confusion. ]
Riku? What are you... [ She straightens and quickly goes to try and help Riku up. ]
[And Riku smiles... a bit wider than usual. He seems extremely happy to see her for some reason, and once he's back on his feet...]
[Still... smiling. There's a sound of creepy white noise mixed with cackling that can only be described as the stuff of nightmares as Phantom focuses the camera in on both Riku and Xion. This is the perfect chance for comedy gold.]
[ Xion smiles back, if touched with a little confusion and curiosity at the way he's just... smiling. ]
Aha... are you okay, Riku? How'd you even get here like... this... whatever "this" is.
[Riku shrugs. Really, he was just minding his own business, and then...]
Probably one of the Pokémon. Thought about catching it, but then I wound up here.
[Hmm, okay. So the targets are in place... Have more eerie cackling, followed by some weird... slobbery sounds, as Phantom pulls out some treats from his enormous mouth. C'mere, little Garchomp.]
[ Grar! Bahamut opens his mouth in surprise at the treats! Oh, oh, he wants some! Xion merely glances to see what he's on about, but shakes her head and turns back to Riku. ]
You mean the Pokemon that have been appearing around and out of towns? You're not hurt, are you? [ She steps closer, but retakes it as Bahamut zooms past to get at those treats! ]
Nah, don't worry about it. I'm just--
[He takes a step over to her, but his foot collides with Bahamut's tail, sending him flying straight at Xion. Oh yes. This... is... perfect. Phantom's barely holding back his laughter now.]
( More under the cut! )
[Later on, Riku can be found around Goldenrod, but he'll be getting warped back by that same Trolldevoir later. Somewhere in between he'll also be in Saffron. Fun!]
[ooc: Blue = Xion. Xion may be responding to some tags. Also, Riku's high on event feelings.]
Pokémon Training for Dummies
There are a lot of misconceptions about training and the way this world works. I've been here for almost two years, so I figured I should clear things up. This guide will cover everything from basic training to gym battles. Take it from someone who's collected all the Johto badges and has more than ten level 100 Pokémon; I know what I'm talking about.
( Introduction )
( Battle Basics )
( Gym Battles )
( Pokémon Care )
Hope this clues some of you guys in. It sure took long enough to write this up. If you've got any questions, just let me know. I've got time.
It's gotten so bad that he's hanging out on Flare's back as the Charizard shoots bursts of flame at the monsters. This whole thing is being recorded courtesy of Phantom, who cackles as this intense display goes on.
You can find Riku anywhere. Everywhere! For he will be chased by all sorts of nasty Heartless. Help him out? Stop and stare? It's totally your call!]
At that moment, there's a terrifying GYAAAAAAAAAR! She leaps forward and thrashes about, knocking over some furniture in pursuit of the frantic little bird. Luckily, a ThunderPunch from Flare sends her back into the corner, moaning in agony.
Sighing, Riku picks up his PokéGear. Those watching may notice that there's a Swablu preening his hair, much to his dismay.]
It's a wonder I still put up with her.
[He shakes his head.]
Anyway, looks like I ended up with a Swablu. Not sure what to do with her, but I'll... figure something out.
[When he's not trying to feed his horrifying monsterbeast, anyway.]
Halloween's coming up, so I'll probably be hanging around Goldenrod for the next few weeks. Still gotta pick out a costume-- and that's if I even dress up this year. I still get the feeling there's some kind of catch. Remember the MISSINGNO.'s from last year?
But who knows? Maybe we'll get off easy this time.
[He shrugs. And after giving Terror one more glance, he adds--]
Hey, anyone else have an Aerodactyl?
[With that, he'll be heading out to explore the town. Buy some TMs, get some more meat for his army of monsterbeasts, and maybe do some training. He can be found just about anywhere in Goldenrod with his team close by. Yes, that means a very large Charizard, Blastoise, Haunter, Umbreon and Tyranitar are all out of their balls. Beware?]
But as the feed starts up, courtesy of 'tortle-cam, Riku looks relatively chill. His other Pokémon are probably closed by, evidenced by the snorts from a Charizard and the squawking from a Skarmory.]
Sora and I made it back to Violet. Didn't take too long, and as much as I can't stand it here, at least we're on solid ground.
So, suppose you have to stay in a town you hate for a while. What's the best way to make the most out of it? It could be a few weeks before we move on to Azalea.
[He's about to say something else, when the camera shifts to the cheeky wartortle's face, and she lets out a "Braaaahaha~ (He's so gonna get it, bros.)
She points off screen, and Riku tries to grab the 'Gear out of her hand, when all of the sudden, cue the wild Pokémon theme and...]
( More under the cut )
[And when Riku finally gets control of the feed, he just looks a bit irritated.]
Anyway, it looks like I've got company.
[And with a sigh, he ends the feed.
People in Violet are free to encounter this madness. Pokémon can join in the fun, too, be it video or action.]
[ooc: Yes, I got permission for this random encounter, since Vine's previous owner never sent her anywhere.]
But Riku quickly snatches the Gear from the Wartortle, who lets out a scratchy groan. He looks less than pleased. Probably with good reason.]
Sora's gone. Again. And just when I thought he'd stick around.
[There's a pause. He could say more, but...]
Just thought you guys would want to know. Ven, I'll see you soon. Should only take a few hours to hit Violet if I take Flare with me.
[The video feed ends. People around Ecruteak City might find Riku gathering supplies frantically before he takes off on his giant Charizard into the susnet! Feel free to intercept him then. He looks like he's a wee bit distracted.
On his way to Violet, he'll toss up a text message.]
What would you do if all your Pokémon hit the max level? And badges aren't an option; I've got all eight.
Riku, however, looks less than impressed.]
Get back up! You can't just sit there.
[The Pokémon groan and shift a little, but alas, they're just too exhausted to keep going.]
C'mon. You're going to keep fighting, you got that? I don't care how tired you are.
[There's a sad sounding vrrrrrm from Surge, who hovers over to Riku.]
See? If Surge can do it, so can--
[Aaaand then the Gear falls. Looks like even Surge didn't have the energy to keep going.]
Can't believe this...
[After a moment, he scoops up the Gear and shuts it off. Those in Olivine are free to see this unpleasant display. A little while after his defeat, Riku's going to be working his team incredibly hard, putting them up against each other.
Someone's a sore loser, to say the least.]