Pokémon: Desperate Times...
Rated T for violence, death and gore.
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IC found here.
[ The Take-over ]
It happened very quickly four years ago. When Sinnoh’s Team Galactic had been quiet or even entire rooted out for years, a new group rose out of nothing. Without attracting any attention to themselves prior to the big move the group, calling themselves Division, took over the Elite 4 with an unorthodox combination of Pokémon and fire weaponry. They were entirely unprepared and Division emerged out of the bloodbath victorious.
It took a year for them to establish their power in Sinnoh. They oppressed any attempts at rebellion, which there were plenty, and showed themselves to be ruthless, unforgiving and entirely unafraid to use violence. Some might say they were even overly keen to use their arms. General Charles King, the leader of Division, took the position of president of Sinnoh although most of the time no one really knew where he was or what he was up to. Rumors went that he was looking for Arceus, the God of all Pokémon, because surely powerful men would always be looking for legendary Pokémon? It had always been that way in the past.
Contrary to popular belief Charles King had actually been planning the take-over of his next target, Hoenn. Hoenn wasn’t a region with a large armed force, they were completely overrun by King’s well-trained army of recruits. Where his take-over of Sinnoh had relied mostly on surprise, King had taken his time to make sure he had the man-power to add Hoenn to his territory and so he did.
Johto and Kanto, together, formed another large obstacle. Kanto did have a substantial army, especially after it figured out that Charles King wasn’t a man to be content with only half of the world. King, however, was a very smart man. While he was visibly busy drilling both volunteer and less-volunteer recruits into soldiers he actually sent in spies into the Kantonese government. He knew that Johto mostly relied on Kanto for anything and that any army from there would be situated in Kanto itself. It took two years of careful planning and infiltration before Project Sleeper was set in motion. On September 23rd all spies, at the same time, pulled the trigger on all most of Kanto’s highest-ranking men, including the president. In the chaos that followed Division troops invaded both Kanto and Johto who had no defenses.
Well, they conquered almost everything. Cianwood Island held its own, because of the surrounding sea and its small size it was easily defendable. What King didn’t account for was that Johto might hold its own troops back. When the final battle of Septermber 23rd took place Kanto’s forces fought against Division and lost, while most of Johto’s remaining army was pushed back and chose the island as their last stronghold. And it held.
As for Unova, word has it they’ve trained nuclear missiles at King’s headquarters in Sinnoh. If he makes a move towards them they’ll blow him and the continent sky-high. It’s a stale mate for they know that the whole Division army will head towards them if they try, but King can’t attempt to get to them first or he’ll be sure to get blown to bits. Still there is no help to be expected from Unova.
[ The Conditions ]
Conditions are tough in the regions under Division control. Each region was left under control of one of King’s closest men, with special mayors in each city to see to their control. Johto’s acting president is Coronel Marcus Grey who is not a man to be provoked. Besides the major players the whole region was also populated with Division soldiers, most of them all too happy to act at any kind of disturbance, as they’ve been ordered.
Division soldiers draw about a 50-50 line of volunteers and people who were forced to participate, though you shouldn’t expect sympathy, as sympathy costs these soldiers much themselves. The soldiers go through a rigorous training program resulting in most of them being quite good at what they do. Most of all, the vast majority of them are mean, vindictive and plain bastards. They’re known to be incredibly loyal, but they also have a reputation of lashing out to the local population if only out of boredom.
Most of the world lives in recession now. War takes its toll, and this one has taken it’s due share. People are in a general poor and miserable condition besides the ones that openly support Devision, King and Grey. Division goes by a “if you’re not for us, you’re against us” principle and acts accordingly, and misbehavior towards them gets punished severely. The shooting squads have been generously used.
[ The Rebels ]
Those are the general conditions of the regions under suppression. It hasn’t been much better at Cianwood island. The first challenge had been to simply sustain themselves. Cianwood was not a farming community, most of the island relied on shipments of food from the mainland. They went through a period of tight food rationing and even near-starvation before they’d figured out a system to feed themselves by a combination of fishing and farming. There is no other meat in Cianwood besides fish, and that there is aplenty.
The next challenge was the population. They did have a portion of the Johto army behind them, but most had been stationed in Kanto and a lot had fallen while trying to hold Cianwood. In fact the only reason Division hadn’t tried to re-take them was by clever deception. They pretended to have far more men than they did by parading every man they had. A lot of the rebel’s quarters was built underground so it was easy to pretend they had more than they did by stationing all of the soldiers above ground and making it look like there was a lot going on underground. There was a natural cave on Cianwood where locals had been mining for centuries, they’d managed to craft it into make-shift soldier’s quarters and headquarters. It was air-bombing-proof which was all they needed, even if it was humid, cold and crudely lit by electric lamps. They solved this problem by making secret night-time trips to the mainland to gather recruits. There were many frustrated locals to be found and making use of contacts in the major cities they had been able to gain a good amount of recruits to train back at their headquarters.
The last challenge was the biggest one yet, arms. The only way to get arms was to raid Division arms factories and warehouses. Each major city had one or two arms storages, though they were heavily guarded. Carefully planned raids were prepared to get hands on weaponry, but the toll was heavy in terms of men. Lately they’d also made contacts with a lot of forced workers at the weapons factories to smugly weapons, small parts at a time. Even now they’re still under-armed.
Most of all the condition at the rebels was just a little better than on the mainland, only in the way that they were free. In essence at least.
[ And Now ]
Now the rebels were ready to take a more active stance. After months of just trying to keep themselves alive they were finally ready to get into action. Over the months of oppression lots of small, local rebel factions had been popping up over Johto. People who couldn’t get to the Island or people who preferred to thwart Division in their own ways. They were mostly impulsive and un-organized. The Cianwood Rebels’ plan was to send young but trained soldiers to the parts of the largest rebel centers with orders to help the rebels as much as they can, but to still obey orders only directly from Cianwood. Anything they do that would compromise the Island would not be tolerated.
You are one of these soldiers. You will have either been a Cianwood local or someone who’s escaped from the mainland and reached the island. You’ll have been trained by the rebels in stealth, weapon use and Pokémon use all for the purpose of this mission. You will be sent to a part in Johto and given missions from both the Island and your respective rebel’s faction. This is step one in the big plan of the rebels and, make no mistake of it, the plan all leads up to the death of Coronel Marcus Grey.
You will be provided with a Pokémon and the means to catch more, as Pokémon are an integral part of combat. However the ownership of Pokémon is forbidden in the conquered regions so you will have to be very careful to keep them hidden.
[ Dramatis Personae ]
-General Charles King is the leader of Division and therefore the leader of Sinnoh, Hoenn, Johto and Kanto. He pulls the strings of the whole organization, is a brilliant man and the one with the big ideas. He’s also extremely paranoid and rarely shows himself in public, letting his puppets do the talking for him. General Charles King is in his mid-fifties but looks older, which deep lines in his face and white military-style hair. His eyes are deep black and can look warm when he want them too and cold as ice when it suits him.
-Coronel Marcus Grey is such a puppet. He’s the acting president of Johto which means he basically rules it, except when it comes to direct orders from King. His headquarters are situated in Goldenrod City which is heavily guarded. You don’t get into Goldenrod without a very good reason, and a very good reason written on official documents. The Coronel is a man in his late fourties with dark brown hair streaked with grey and blue eyes. He’s a bit fat but makes up for it by being a great shot, sharpshooter and quite trigger-happy.
-Natalie Pierce is one of the rebel leaders and the one in charge of recruits. She can be a very soft woman, almost motherly, but there’s no mistake she’s been in a fight and she’s killed people. Natalie’s very skilled with a gun and personally teaches all her recruits the skills they need to know. She’s in her early thirties, has dark brown hair that’s always pulled tightly back into a long ponytail and blue eyes. Her body is also marked with scars, many of the scratch and knife-wounds, a broken nose and one big bullet-scar on her shoulder. She was a decorated officer in the army before becoming part of the rebels.
-Major Rolfe Gains is another leader of the rebels and in charge of the actual troops. While Natalie sticks to her recruits and young rebel soldiers, Gains is the one in charge of the actual remains of the Johto National Army. Fitting, because he was the one who lead them in the first place. While most of the others abandoned their ranks, Major Gains clings to it. He tends to be ruthless and unsympathetic, but he gets the job done. He’s in his late-fourties, has graying straw hair and he, too, has many scars to prove his status.
-Romana Kiev was a local of Cianwood before joining the rebels. She’s not a fighter, although they taught her how to shoot a gun. Romana has gained her high position by basically keeping everyone alive. She was the one who solved the food question, she’s in charge of fishing and food production. She’s often found in her greenhouse tending to the plants along with other rebels who weren’t fit to be soldiers. She’s a kind woman with a practical side, she’s good with numbers and eeps close tabs on food rationing while making sure everyone stays well-fed.
-Giorgio is often in charge of raids and he’s also in charge of teaching the flight squat. Originally from Olivine he escaped to Cainwood about a week after take-over on a make-shift raft pulled by his Finneon. He got his position in the leadership board by sheer respect. From arriving on the island on the last log of his badly-built raft to always volunteering for raids and attempting the gutsiest maneuvers. Call him reckless or brave, one thing’s for certain, Giorgio has balls of steel. It was soon apparent that the man was leadership material and he started heading the raids. He was the first one to pull off a weapons raid in his hometown of Olivine, where he successfully flew in his Helicopter, loaded a wooden box full of weaponry and flying back, leaving the guards tied to a pole in their underwear in an empty warehouse. It was legendary, they said you could hear Coronel Grey’s shouts all the way from Goldenrod. He’s never told anyone his last name on the account of it being too embarrassing to bear. Giorgio has olive skin, black hair shaved in checkers on one side and a goatee. A day when Giorgio isn’t grinning is a day you know you’re in serious ****. Now he fills in the position of raid supervisor.
[ Rules ]
- Standard PC rules apply
-This is rated [T] for violence. There will be quite a bit of it in this roleplay, as your characters will have to fight and eliminate enemy soldiers while the enemy soldiers would like nothing more than to vaporize them. I would like to implore you not to make your descriptions all too graphic however. There’s a difference between stating that someone gets stabbed in the stomach or describing actually how the organs react to the sudden stabbage. Capiche?
- As the GM, my word is final, there might be some things you disagree with, and I invite you to question me and ask things, but I shall always have the final say.
- This roleplay will go in chaptered-mission form, which most missions being individual to each roleplayer. This means I will spent a lot of time creating an individual story-line for you, and therefore your active participation will be greatly appreciated.
- When catching Pokémon, end your post with the ball shacking. I will label the wild Pokémon with their rarity, and unless it’s labeled as “very rare” I will likely not refuse the capture.
- However, the better your post is, the higher the lever, or perhaps it will receive an egg-move or useful item. Also please check with me first before attempting a shiny-capture.
- Though battles do feature in the roleplay, they’re not the main feature. I don’t want you to write long detailed battle posts, instead think practical. Your Pokémon level up by involving them into the story regardless of battles.
- Reservations lasts for 24 hours.
- Have fun, this is a rule.
[ The Companions ]
Moves: Ember, Smog, Howl, Roar
Ability: Keen Eye
Moves: Agility, Peck, Sing
Moves: Disable, Spider Web, Leech Life, Thunder Wavee
Moves: Captivate, Scratch, Leer, Fake Tears
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Appearance: (General appearance, the rebels have simple uniforms consisting of camo pants, beige tanktops and green army jackets for day mission and navy pants and long-sleeve navy shirts for night-time missions, though your character will still need casual clothes for in-cognito missions. Be aware that clothing will most likely be dirty and worn for most of the Johto populace)
History: (How did your character get to Cianwood Island? Or join the rebels? How did their family fare during the war? Are they still in occupied Johto? How was their training? Etc.)