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Old May 29th, 2009, 12:33 PM
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i don't know about you guys but from 7-10 pm is the best time for me on weekdays and anytime on the weekend
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Old May 29th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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cobja, hmm....not bad. Your explanation for the Aura-reading is a bit weak; perhaps his exposure to theri aura reading powers caused it to 'bleed' into him, to an extent? Also, be speicific with its range, and keep it minor. None of that "entire world" business.

Shelby, I re-read it, and I can't find any major gripes about it. It fulfills the requirements, and it had enough details, considering this is a first-timer RP.

I can give you my usual advice; try to imagine as many different diverse situations as you can, figure out how he'd act/react in said situations, and use that to help flesh the character out.

I'll read it a few more times, and try to put together a list of things taht could be improved, but otherwise, it's fine.

Just in case I forgot anyone, unless I've already told you you have something you need to fix, all pending SU's are accepted.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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i think i counted more than ten accepted people, how much more until we start?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 03:03 PM
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I'd say we're full enough, but I'm, going to keep SU's open for late entries.

To make it even IC posting will start on the first, three days from now. That'll give everyone time to plan out what they want to do first, give the lingerers time to fix things, and give old members one last chance to re-join.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 03:43 PM
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Oh, okay then, I'm otherwise locked and loaded and ready to go!
NOT!

Two last questions concerning the actual world.

What time are we in? 2010? 2004? 1995?

Are we still using modern weapons or is there going to be some sci-fi blended in here?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:04 PM
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me too, just ready and waiting.

That was a good question since some of us need to know what our pokemon will be up against

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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:24 PM
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@shelby:

The timeline is MGS4-styled; in terms of the real-world, think 2016. Nothing waaaaay out there like laser beams and robots, but there's some pretty advanced hardware.

*Many real-world modern weapons are still in use, however, these are superior models or "successors." An example is the AK104, which is an improvement over the older model in every way, and the MP7, a compact and versatile SMG that is the spiritual successor to the old P90.
*Unmanned weapons are just starting to become a reality. There might be things like weapons drones and the like, but for the moment they're mostly clumsy and impractical.
*Vehicles are, of course, technologically superior. Better armor, better weapons, better hardware...
*Speaking of hardware, you've got things like the new Issen MK 3 Radar System, which is immune to most forms of stealth and chaff.

The IAS, Integrated Assault System, is a system loosely based on SOP that allows vehicles and electronic devices to "link;" soldiers outfitted with special optical (eye) gear can "share" visual data with each other, essentially allowing entire armies to share sight.

And more that will be revealed as the plot advances.

Remember, any questions about the RP, fire away; they help me flesh thingsa out and deepen and enrich the world.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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so will some of the people without pokemon be teamed up with characters without or will there be any char vs char fighting?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Er...huh? I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're saying. Char vs. Char? Which groups are you referring to?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:35 PM
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A character called flax in the rp has no pokemon but he is a superhero, so will my charcter, who has pokemon, ever battle someone like him?

Hope that's easier to understand.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:45 PM
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That's a matter of how the RP goes.

You and Flax are entirely responsible for your relations to one another. It's up to the two of you whether you end up best buds or bitter rivals. You can challenge other players to battles if you just want to fight, or you can try to steer the relationship in a way that leads to a battle (just remember not to leave character!)

Depending on how things turn out, there MAY be situations where one or more players end up in a non-friendly battle (for example, if two separate groups of players end up joining two opposing factions, and the factions go to war with one another, then the players might end up in a REAL battle with each other.)

Also, I'd just like to clarify this now. If you DO pick a fight with another player, PLEASE agree on the outcome. Don't just randomly throw in a "and then I beat all ur Pokemanz and won." There has to be consensus. And absolutely NO KILLING OTHER PLAYERS OR THEIR POKEMON, UNLESS YOU CLEAR IT WITH BOTH ME AND THE PLAYER IN QUESTION FIRST!! UNAPPROVED/UNACCEPTED KILLINGS WILL BE KICKED AND DELETED WITHOUT QUESTION!

*This rule does NOT apply to neutral characters or most NPC's.*
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:48 PM
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good, thanks for clearing that up for me.

I also feel, but i may be wrong, that some people don't know what is going on with the rp. So i was wondering if you were keeping them up to date.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:54 PM
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I'm a bit confused, though, of who of the old players are still in. I know a couple of you are, but I don't know about the rest. That's why I'm doing the whole "post here or be kicked" thing.

I was actually going to re-post the roster again in a few, after I finish a couple of things.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 04:55 PM
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ok i got it and i fell i understand everything now.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Flax isn't the character.. It's my name. But, whatever.


Anyway, seeing as how I'm gunna add in some Pokemon now.. Spark is pretty much consider useless. I was going to disable his ability to "transform" into his super-ego, but that would be very silly.

I'm adding a new character to the story. Spark is still participating, however he is no longer one of the player characters. Actually, if possible, he will be a recurring but minor antagonist for everyone.

Anyway, here's the SU. State anything that seems wrong.


Name: Ikarus Almond
Age: 15
Gender: Male
Role: Trainer

Personality: A superstitious and paranoid teen who is very pessimistic about his future events, often showing little to no faith in achieving positive outcomes. Becuase of how misfortunate his life has recently been, he has grown apathetic. Being quite sarcastic in speech and often complaining about his own personal issues (neglecting everyone else's), he can act fairly blunt at times and occasionally seem obnoxious to everyone which tends to get him into mischief and trouble, much to his own dismay. Though misfortunate and misunderstood, he is in fact a very generous and respectful person at heart - which is a trait of his that most people tend to miss spoting, even Ikarus himself doesn't fully acknowledge this fact. He is fairly hesitant when dealing with extreme situations but occasionally comes up with effective retorts to most of his own problems.. although it usually ends up backfiring one way or another.

Sociably, Ikarus may undoubtbly be seen insenstive and blunt with his sarcastic and childish comments, but rarely does he ever have any intentions to offend others and their personal feelings. Being a little lecherous, he has occasional difficulties when dealing with girls. Difficulties as in often making silly remarks and perverted jokes about a female's presense, which for the most part, inevitably gets himself into trouble. Ikarus also has issues dealing with Pokemon, mainly because he's completely clueless on what Pokemon exactly think about.

Appearance: Standing 5'10" tall, he has a skinny body build. He has natural brown hair that's medium-long, straight and somewhat spikey around. Ikarus wears a white collared t-shirt (easily gets dirty) and a pair of blue worn-out jeans. Though he usually tucks in his shirt in order to look "neat and tidy", it eventually comes out loose. Ikarus wears two different colored socks (red and white) but this is barely noticeable. Ikarus also wears white and black stripped velcro shoes. He wears these shoes in order to prevent himself from accidentally "tripping on his own shoe laces". As the Velcro shoes were intended for children, his feet ends up getting sore because of how tight the velcro shoes are. It also doesn't help Ikarus for the fact that many cannot restrain themselves from making a witty comment about him wearing these shoes. For additional accessories, Ikarus wears an old watch (which often tells the wrong time) on his left wrist. He also wears two dog tags, bearing the names "Axl" and "Red". His eyesight is limited, so occasionally he may wear a pair of glasses. He keeps a few spare pairs, in case his current ones break. And it's not rare to see his glasses getting badly damaged..

Background: Born in the city of Veilstone, Sinnoh. As he is not fond of travelling, he often stayed home on a daily basis, perfering the comfort of his residence. So, he was a bit of a hermit. He perfered staying home, mainly because there was less chance of getting himself into mischief and trouble since there aren't as many hazards in his house as they are outside.

He was notable as an imfamous gambler, who often paid occasional visits to the Veilstone Game Corner - which is where apparently, his bad luck started to develop. Feeling taunted and pressured by a few friends, Ikarus was stubborn about winning enough much coins so that he could get a TM for himself. He ended up losing nearly 12,000 coins to the same slot machine which he was on for countless of hours - and ended up using nearly all of his own money to gain additional coins.. which was wasted on the same slot machine once more. And eversince that embarassing and disasterous incident, Ikarus began to grow pessimistic as his life was tainted, having to suffer a series of misfortunate events that have lead Ikarus a long road of pain and misery.

His most recent misfortunate event is when he went off to search for his missing Pokemon that ran away from the house, when Ikarus accidentally fell asleep when he was supposed to look after it. Leaving the house only for brief moments, Ikarus ended up rolling down a rocky hill and lost consciousness once he hit the bottom. He quickly woke up afterwards, shocked with awe and displesure as he found himself in the middle of a wasteland.

Special Skills: Ikarus has no outstanding aptitudes nor does he have any natural talent. Supposedly, an unique characteristic that Ikarus possesses would most likely be his unnatural, uncanny and ungrateful luck. Ironically enough, sometimes his luck may actually end up being beneficial for Ikarus, depending in what situation he may be in. For physical traits, Ikarus is somewhat athletic, but he has his limits and shouldn't be treated as someone who's very strong.


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Nickname: Hideki Lee
Species: Hitmonlee
Age: ??
Gender: Male
Moves: Double-Edge, Hi-Jump Kick/Jump Kick, Foresight, Blaze Kick

Appearance: He wears a red bandana that flies around much like a scarf - it's his keepsake, a memento from his former master Tadashi. He's also notably taller then an average Hitmonlee, as well as being a bit slender. He also has a nasty looking scar on his right eye.

Personality: A humble, gentle yet fierce wanderer. His most notable trait is that Hideki is in fact remarkably intelligent and adaptable for a Pokemon, being able to communicate in human speech fluently (though he tends to be somewhat quiet in most conversations) and possesses excessive thinking capabilities to the same extend as a human - if not, maybe even greater. Which is why Hideki is very independant and often acts alone. But he is considerate about others as well as their own concerns and doesn't mind being accompanied. He may seem cold-hearted at first glance, but he is infact loyal to his comrades and friends and is respectful towards his enemies. Occasionally, or perhaps frequently, Hideki does tend to act a bit reckless and naive in dangerous situations which often gets himself badly injured for the most part (his scar's the result of his reckless behavior). Hideki is a bit of a bookworm, surprisingly, as he often enjoys reading alot of literature works. He also has an "odd" sense of humor.

Background: Trained and taught by Tadashi, a famous martial artist who succumbed to fatal illness. After his master's death, Hideki went off and wandered across lands, tirelessly training in order to become stronger.. Over the years of weary (and somewhat pointless) travelling, Hideki has went through alot. Prior to his training with Tadashi, not much is known about Hideki's "true" origins.

Shortly prior to the events of this story, Hideki was in pursuit and being tirelessly hunted down the vengeful remnants of a criminal organzation that Hideki previously crippled in the past. The criminal organization once manfucatured dangerous weapons that aided them in their vile activities. The remaining members of the disbanded organization used what remaining technology and machinery was left at their base in order to create a series of vicious hunting killing machines, designed for the sole purpose of capturing, or rather killing Hideki. Possibly weeks or maybe months, Hideki was being constantly hunted, virtually having no haven to take refuge in. He struggled in an endless fight against the monsterous machines that were trying to take his life. Sustaining several fatal wounds from his frequent battles, he eventually succumbed to his injuries.. but not before delivering his last resort against the remnants of his old defeated enemies, drastically crippling their remaining forces.

[Note: Hideki is not owned by any character - but does make an "alliance" with the others.]

Abilities: Having been taught various martial arts, he is very resourceful in close combat. Combining both his superior strength and intelligence as well as his natural instincts, Hideki is fully capable of surviving independantly. Aside from his physical traits, Hideki is also known to be a talented cook, which is rather odd since Hideki is NEVER seen eating. Hideki can also utilize man-made tools like chop sticks and can even wield certain weapons - such as swords or tonfas, if given the odd opportunity of course. Hideki is also capable of climbing up horizontal surfaces by wall jumping straight up.


Nickname: Sherpa
Species: Glaceon
Age: 4
Gender: Female
Moves: Iron Tail, Ice Fang, Protect, Double Team

Appearance: Looks like any other oridinary Glaceon.

Personality: Impulsive and rude, it is a very childish and arrogant Pokemon. She is rather depicted as cold-hearted towards everyone and has a tough time interacting "peacefully" with others. She also portrays a very sadistic nature, as in when she excessively tortures Ikarus, both mentally and physically. On a deeper analysis, Sherpa is actually very emotional and suffers from depression and loneliness. She has a strong desire for attention, hence why she causes so much trouble - particularly for Ikarus. Actually, Sherpa seems to have developed a "crush" on Ikarus, feeling affectionate feelings for him - of course, she won't admit them.

Background: As his parents are utmost compassionate and sympathetic about their only child, they decided to give Ikarus his own Pokemon - which was a female Eevee. Though at first, it was pretty docile and harmless. But after it's sudden evolution which occured in an abnormal winter storm, it became a disastrous omen for Ikarus. This Pokemon ended up becoming a dreadful menace for Ikarus, bringing even more mischeif in his already misfortunate cursed life.

Abilities: In combat, Sherpa plays more defensively, relying on wits rather then her brawn. As she isn't very strong and cannot endure alot, she can easily get knocked down from a couple of hits. Using speed and trickery as her biggest advantage, Sherpa often casts illusions over her opponents, trying to confuse them in order to lure them into traps. Unfortunately, she is virtually powerless against Fire-types or those who are much faster then her.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 05:26 PM
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Ok, now I AM REALLY ready to roll.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 05:56 PM
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The new roster is up.

Flax's RSU is accepted. You'll still be controlling Spark on the occasions when he DOES show up, I assume?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 06:56 PM
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I was thinking and wanted to ask: Why are the people of Kilian rebelling? Against the war, tyrant ruler, new tyrant ruler trying to rise to power? The adventurous romance of a fight against a tyrant king would probably draw the theatric Mackenzie to their ranks. Also, are there the types of animals as in our world, or none at all in this one?
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Old May 29th, 2009, 07:07 PM
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Growing disillusionment with the war. The vast majority of the fighting is Kilian's doing, and after decades of conquest, the people are just ready for peace. Unfortunately, Kilian's leadership isn't quite in agreement. On top of that, Kilian treats its conquered territory horribly; so it's only natural the plight of these tortured, oppressed people would ring out as such.

There is also a third reason, but that's explained later.

You don't know. No wild animals are encountered, but the people live off of SOMETHING, so you don't actually know. That's a major plot element that's explored later, too.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 07:25 PM
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Could it be.... cannibalism? Well, anyway, Mackenzie will probably join the rebels and attempt to enter the Kilian government and use his acting skills to try and put a stop to the injustice and war.
Thanks for the explanation.
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Old May 29th, 2009, 08:21 PM
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That's...not QUITE what I had in mind.

Anyways, once things get rolling, i'll help out with anything you need to know.
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Old May 30th, 2009, 10:12 AM
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I was joking, Shelby. Maybe I should have used italics. Now, as I was going to ask, will we be using a new thread or the old one?
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Old May 30th, 2009, 06:54 PM
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Unfortunately, I'd prefer startig a new thread, but I already agreed to let old members keep their initial posts (though I MAY ask them to just copy/paste them back at the front, to keep things convenient.)

Plus, the main thread got a warning just a week or so ago, so I don't think the mods would let me start a new thread...

IC's start monday!
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Well, anyway, Mackenzie will probably join the rebels and attempt to enter the Kilian government and use his acting skills to try and put a stop to the injustice and war.
Well then, I think my characters can help him with that. I was thinking of doing a similar thing with Yamiko and Lupin... as evidenced by Lupin's phone conversation in my last post. They'd take a darker approach, surely, and have different skills, but...

Anyway, I guess I'll re-post my signups:

Name: Yamiko Murakage
Age: 18
Gender: Female
Job/Role: Pokemon trainer and coordinator; occasionally a dancer
Personality: The last part of Yamiko's last name means "shadow", hence why she is an overall morose character. She most often has a somber yet calm air about her, the same feeling as if she were sitting in bed and staring out the window, contemplating things. She's definitely not an outgoing or overly optimistic person, but she is definitely emotional, so much that her very existence seems to revolve around "feeling" the situation at hand. It's very easy to tell when she's feeling sad, happy, uncomfortable, etc. Yet at the same time she has a certain grace to her, especially in how she shows emotion--it is that quality that shows up in many dances she has done, usually ballet dances to moody, classical songs.

If Yamiko were a Pokemon, she would definitely be a Gardevoir. It's not only because of the above qualities, but it's also because of the close bonds she's pretty easily capable of forming with people, and Pokemon even moreso. It's also because of her tendency to be empathetic. And finally, it's because of her willingness to guard those she loves with her life. She will often try to please her friends even if it means burdening or endangering herself in the process. Generally, she's very modest about herself, and puts the needs of her friends before her. Yet, she can stand being alone--in fact, there are several times when she prefers to be alone. When she can't be alone, sometimes she'll just close herself off mentally to everyone around her to "swim in her own thoughts".

Yamiko really likes to dance because she feels that dancing is the best way she can express her emotions, because she usually can't describe them in simple words. Plus, she has a penchant for visual beauty in general, which is probably why she's so interested in being a coordinator, and why she and Laverne (her Mismagius) understand each other very well. She really appreciates the beauty of the world and of nature, and opens her mind to any type of paranormal phenomenon. When she talks, she adds a more emotional tone of voice the more she means what she says, except if she's simply giving information about what's happening or what she's about to do. She also has a respectful attitude towards people, although people often see her as rather avoidant. This is because she hardly ever looks at a person's face and never into their eyes, even if she's talking to them. In all things, she's very quiet, unless perhaps she's in a very secluded place, in which case she spends quite a bit of time talking to herself.

Appearance: Yamiko is built as gently as a faery (although she has no wings nor magical powers of course)--her skin is smooth and soft and her body is light and quite flexible, though a little on the thin side. She's 5'2" tall and has a pleasant peach tone to her skin, and her eyes are a deep indigo. Her straight, soft hair falls down to her chest and is the colour of blood--though more black on the inside. Atop her head is a black hat with a small silver buckle on it.

As far as the rest of her usual outfit goes... Yamiko wears a black shirt that's embroidered with several blue roses at the neckline. It also has deep blue sleeves that are made of a silk-like material and reach her elbows, but they can only be seen if she takes off the sweater she wears on top of it. This sweater is a deep violet in colour and has two large pockets on the sides, and is fastened by two large purple buttons near the waist and a tie around the waist. It also has sleeves that flare out and nearly cover her hands, and have a button on the end. Then she wears blue jeans which flare out similar to bell bottoms, and black sneakers underneath.Yamiko also carries a large black shoulder bag with a rectangular shape and a purple faery design on it. Appropriate eh?

Background: The Murakage family has long been called the "family of shadows". Its members were known to have a certain elusive charm to them, yet they were cloaked in ill fortune. Yamiko was no exception; she lived her life under a curse, supposedly cast upon her by Celia, her great-grandmother, although Celia referred to it as the "Murakage Curse", implying that it could have been there for several generations. All Yamiko knew was that it certainly did affect her mother, who died while giving birth to her. As for Yamiko herself, she lived her first three years in Saffron City, Kanto, with her father, Dan, who used to be a stage magician. In fact, she lived across the street from where Sabrina lived (she was still a kid then), and saw her fairly often--though never talked to her but once. That time, Sabrina denied her request to be friends, oddly enough--and even said that Dan was a poor excuse for a psychic Pokemon trainer (he had a Mime Jr). Too bad, she was the only other child on the block...

Dan had no other job--he even said that the Murakage curse rubbed off on him from Yamiko's mother and caused him to contract a disease that weakened his hands and thus made him unable to perform magic tricks, and also to prevent him from finding another job. Fortunately, he had money saved up... but that all changed. One day he and little Yamiko went to the bank to deposit all his savings, but on the way there, four young men ambushed them and beat Dan up, took the money, and left--while Yamiko hid around a corner. From that point on, the two were very poor, and eventually had to move to a homeless shelter in the outskirts of Saffron. There they stayed for a few years, until the police decided Yamiko lived in "unsafe conditions" and put her in an orphanage instead. It was at that time that Yamiko started taking ballet lessons, and started to like it quite a bit. Dancing felt good to her, especially when she got better at it. She found she did best with solo dances to sad, slow songs to musicals and such, where she could express the despair she felt in life clearly. Apparently she did very well at it; she won the talent show in school one year.

Then when Yamiko was twelve, a lesbian couple living in the Orange Islands adopted her. There she had an older sister named Penelope and her mothers were fairly wealthy. However, she didn't care for Penelope too much; she was too much of a "prissy, stuck-up athlete". Moreover, although her mothers were otherwise nice, they didn't think a Pokemon journey was a very good thing to her. Thus when she was seventeen, she snuck away and boarded a ferry for Valencia Island, where she received an Eevee from Professor Ivy (who she nicknamed Velvet). However, Ivy couldn't give her a Pokedex, so she had to obtain one later on.

Kanto brought too many bad memories for Yamiko, so she journeyed to Sinnoh instead, after learning about Hearthome City's contest hall there. Yamiko didn't really work on earning badges, but she did do quite a bit of journeying... (and finally got a Pokedex from Professor Rowan). At that time, Team Galactic wasn't as big a threat, but Team Rocket had some business there. Unfortunately, after a while of traveling, someone from Team Rocket kidnapped Velvet, devastating Yamiko. Not only was Yamiko beginning to form a close bond with Velvet; Velvet was her only Pokemon, meaning she was left Pokemon-less. In the time after that, Yamiko was left to wander aimlessly around Sinnoh, unable to catch another Pokemon, unwilling to return home. Yamiko thought all hope was lost for her, that the curse was about to take her life...

(For the rest, see her second Pokemon's background and the Combined History at the bottom.)

Skills: Hmm, I doubt dancing would do much good in a world of war... Fortunately, Yamiko does have a few more useful skills. First of all, she's very good at reading other people's emotions--even a very subtle facial expression can sometimes give it away for her. Secondly, she's good at lying, in part because she can come up with reasonable excuses for a situation--in other words, she can use common sense. Also, she's good with maps and directions, and has an excellent memory--except for names.

Pokemon:

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Nickname: Velvet
Species: Espeon
Gender: Female
Moves: Psychic, Morning Sun, Calm Mind, Hyper Beam
Appearance: Velvet is smaller than the average Espeon--1'4" in length (not including tail), about the size of a domestic cat. She also wears a pendant around her neck--a small star made of amethyst.
Personality: Generally, Velvet has a rather timid nature, and tries to stay away from trouble. When she was an Eevee, she was a bit afraid--or at least very distrusting--of other people, in case they intended to harm her. This is likely because of Team Rocket's kidnapping of her, which she could have prevented by evolving sooner. Nowadays she can usually tell when someone intends to harm her or Yamiko, so she might warm up to people if she senses no danger. If there is danger, she'll back away and then try to escape (or sometimes, go back into her Pokeball), or if it's serious enough, she'll give the person a good Hyper Beam. Like Yamiko, she has an urge to protect those she loves--especially Yamiko, her trainer and protector, and Lupin, who rescued her from Team Rocket. However, if the danger is especially perilous, she'll hide straight away.

Also like Yamiko, Velvet is very shy, but she will ask favours of others occasionally if the need arises. Unlike her, she doesn't worry about things as much; she's at the most careful about situations. (Perhaps that's how she was able to learn Calm Mind...) She normally does not like to battle that much, but if she's in immediate danger in a battle, or if she's up against a trainer she senses evil in, she'll give a battle everything she's got and perhaps a bit more. And despite her shyness, she gets nervous when left alone, and really does need love and attention.

Background: Velvet was Yamiko's first Pokemon; she was actually born inside Professor Ivy's lab. Inside the lab, she was quite lonely; she was the only Eevee in the lab at the time, and many of the others thought her to be a bit of an emo. She often looked to Ivy for attention, but Ivy was often too busy with research and such to spend time with her. After some time, though, Ivy got an idea: she would give the Eevee to someone who might be able to take good care of her. But who? Just as she was pondering this, she ran into Yamiko, who asked her about starting a Pokemon journey. Ivy explained that she could not give her a Pokedex (that was up to the other four professors of the main regions), but she did have a Pokemon in her lab who needed a new owner: none other than Velvet.

Skills/Abilities: Velvet has the ability to predict the day's weather, the immediate intentions of a person, and the next move of a rival Pokemon, but that's something pretty much any Espeon can do. In addition to that, Velvet is sensitive to Yamiko's thoughts and feelings, and sometimes she can read Yamiko's current thoughts if she's close enough to her. So in a way, Yamiko can send telepathic messages to Velvet, but not the other way around.


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Nickname: Laverne
Species: Mismagius
Gender: Female
Moves: Shadow Ball, Dark Pulse, Curse, Confuse Ray, Perish Song
Appearance: The tufts on the brim of her hat are navy blue in colour and look similar to hands. The orbs on her dress are a deep blood-red in colour.
Personality: A sadistic and malevolent Mismagius indeed. She enjoys watching people suffer, especially her enemies, which is why she loves to battle. (It's also why Pokemon that have battled with her usually don't want to battle her again.) In a battle she focuses on the foe's demise, and delights in inventing creative and wicked ways to take them down piece by piece. At the same time, she seems to treat every battle like a contest battle, in that she always makes a spectacle of her attacks. Perhaps she does this to astound and intimidate the foe, so that it has a better chance of holding still while being tortured to loss. When she loses a battle she lets out an earsplitting screech, but can recover easily from the loss.

If someone does something to offend her or harm Yamiko or Velvet, Laverne plots revenge, wanting to follow the enemy around until she can do something to frighten or torment them. She especially likes to chant little curses at such people, and later, sneak up on them and frighten them in various ways (usually by whispering things into their ear), and gather their fear in her orbs. In fact, she really does have quite an appetite for fear energy. Speaking of fear, the only thing she herself really fears (or maybe "hates" is a better word) is sunlight--she really can't stand it. As a result, she's usually grouchy in the morning and afternoon.

Just as Yamiko will guard Velvet with her life, Laverne will guard Yamiko with her life--or should I say afterlife. She actually can show affection for those who have helped her and those who share some of her interests and views on life. So overall, in short, one can say that she has a good heart cloaked in several layers of darkness.

Background: Laverne was originally captured by Celia just outside Mt. Silver. At the time, Celia was in about her eighties, and had a few other Pokemon she had had since her late teens. When Celia died, which was about a month before Yamiko was born, her other Pokemon stayed with her in her house, which she continued to haunt. Laverne, however, was able to leave the house because she hadn't been with Celia for as long as the other Pokemon. She wandered the world for the next eighteen years; much of that time was spent honing her abilities, for she was rather jealous of the fact that Celia's other Pokemon were far more experienced than she was. She especially had fun experimenting with her attacks and scaring random people and Pokemon. Actually, she was biding her time for sixteen years, until Celia's will told her to find Yamiko. It took Laverne another two years to actually find Yamiko, but she finally did, one evening in Sinnoh's Eterna Forest. When Laverne handed Yamiko the will, Yamiko was a bit taken aback at first; she really didn't want anything Celia willed to her for fear it might worsen the curse. It took a bit of pleading and waiting and following, but Yamiko finally accepted Laverne, who would accompany her on her Pokemon journey from then on.

Skills/Abilities: Laverne is quite a skilled sorceress/enchantress. Her most notable ability is to change the shape and path of her attacks (except Perish Song, obviously). Sometimes she can alter their effect a very slight bit as well. Some of her most common examples derive from her Dark Pulse. In one case, the pulse takes the shape of a dragon; in another, it splits up into several black flames, which cause a burn-like sensation but no physical burns, and are not made of actual fire. What she can't change is the colour, nor can she add any effect that is not very similar to the actual effect of the attack. Nor can she make them more powerful at will.

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Name: Edwin "Lupin" Tasselbury
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Job/Role: Thief and Pokemon trainer
Personality: An outlaw at heart, Lupin has a penchant for sneaking his way around the rules. He always does so in a surreptitious manner, and goes by the motto "quickly, quietly, reasonably" so as to avoid getting caught. ("Reasonably" means "only when necessary" or "not just for the heck of it"). In general, he tends to be a rather quiet person (not to mention he never shouts or raises his voice), and is not too fond of social contact--in many cases, he prefers to do things alone. Most people would see him as being very serious, quite a bit cold-hearted, even a slight bit intimidating--he certainly does have a dark aura about him. In fact, seriousness is the "emotion" he most commonly shows, with perhaps an occasional smirk or fret added in there.

Although Lupin is not normally talkative, he can be when faced with a rival or enemy, in which case his tone of voice can sound a tiny bit pedantic, as if to win them over by wit. Moreover, if he's asked a question he doesn't want to answer, he'll try to lead the asker away from the subject. And although Lupin mantains a cold and serious attitude towards strangers and even acquaintances, he sometimes "warms up" a bit when around his closest friends, which he currently has only six of anyway (two of which are his Pokemon). Even so, it takes him quite a while to form a close bond with someone (Yamiko being the only exception), as well as to trust someone. In fact, he does have a tendency to be selfish, though there are those times in which he will go out of his way to help a friend, or in very rare cases, a non-friend. One thing he does have is a lot of willpower--he will endure or overcome a perilous situation to the absolute best of his ability.

As far as other things go, Lupin is not too fond of bright lights, and is thus nocturnal. Also, though he doesn't seem to have much respect for people's property, he does have great respect of nature. Thirdly, it's nigh impossible for him to fall in love with or be attracted to someone--I doubt even a siren or love potion would work very well. Last of all, his major weakness is his past, when it catches up to him and finds its way into his thoughts. He gets depressed about it at random times; it is these times when being alone in a remote place is his top priority. Lastly, although Lupin seems to put up a lot of blocks against people, Yamiko (and only Yamiko) seems to have the power to break through those blocks.

Appearance: Lupin is 5'9" tall. His deep brown eyes are clearly visible behind rectangular glasses, because his hair--which is wavy, straw-coloured, and reaches about to his shoulders--isn't thick enough to get in the way. His skin is quite pale due to lack of sunlight, and although he definitely looks and feels thin-figured, he's actually in pretty good shape.

Perhaps part of the reason why Lupin seems a bit intimidating is the fact that he wears all black. All his clothes hug his figure without being tight on him. His coat is especially striking in that sense--it's long enough to reach down to his thighs, and has dark purple embroidery on the bottom, neck, and ends of sleeves. It has a row of golden buttons down the front, and one on each sleeve, and it has four pockets on the outside. He wears a shirt underneath this coat, but no one ever sees it because he always buttons the coat all the way up to his neck. The sleeves of the coat are just long enough to cover part of his hands, which are covered with black fingerless gloves which revel his long, thin fingers. In addition to all that, Lupin wears a pair of black trousers and black leather shoes.

Background: Edwin lived the early years of his life in a flat in Lilycove City, Sinnoh. His father worked at a rather prestigious and expensive restaurant called the Golden Swan, although he just washed dishes and swept floors and didn't get paid much. The Tasselbury family was in fact quite poor, poor enough that Dad didn't want a child because it would be too expensive to raise. Mum managed to convince him otherwise, but she really wanted a daughter, and was thus a bit disappointed when Edwin was born. The first three or so years were pretty much okay, but Dad soon got sick of him, maybe even angry for him being a "financial burden". Thus he often took to hitting and even torturing him, in as many ways as possible. (It would probably not be wise to go into detail at this point.) That or he would lock him up in the closet while he went to spend time alone with Mum.

Fortunately, there were some good points. First of all, Edwin eventually figured out how to work his way through the lock on the closet door and his bedroom door. Secondly, he frequently snuck out of the flat at night to explore the city. It was on these ventures that he started to develop his thieving skills, as he needed them to obtain food and money (his parents certainly didn't give him much). Being nocturnal really did have its benefits. Also, as time passed, Mum noticed all the money he had stolen and was actually a bit proud of him--perhaps the family had a second source of income now. Unfortunately, Dad's behaviour and attitude didn't change--if anything, it got worse. Eventually, Edwin decided he'd endured enough of it, and ran away when he was ten, immedately hitchhiking on a ship headed out of the region.

The ship went to Kanto, where Edwin was brought to an orphanage for a while before being adopted by another family who lived in Sinnoh--so now he had new parents and two brothers--though one was also adopted. He actually got along quite well with his brothers, who found the stories of his life painful yet interesting. They were especially moved by his nighttime ventures in Lilycove. So moved, in fact, that all three of them, plus a friend who lived nearby, formed their own little gang: the Black Cat Bandits. All four members also gave themselves nicknames at this time, and of course from then on Edwin was known as Lupin.

The Black Cat Bandits spent the next six years or so wandering around Kanto and other regions (they even got their first Pokemon after a while), having fun but causing a few secret misdeeds along the way--several small acts of theft (once or twice of cars), one member's little idea of trying to hack into the database of a certain corporation, and even a successful robbery of the Game Corner. Yet after that time, they parted ways in order to get started on other careers. In Lupin's case, he was invited to join Team Rocket by one of its scouts, yet he refused to wear the uniform, saying it would "give him away", and he refused to take Pokemon from trainers. All was well there (he hardly ever failed an assignment), until Lupin saw a fellow Rocket take an Espeon from someone familiar... Yamiko! Needless to say, he dropped out of the team after that...

(For the rest, see Combined History at the bottom.)

Skills: Lupin's strongest skills are in pickpocketing and lockpicking; his high level of manual dexterity certainly helps with both. He certainly does specialise in stealing small objects frrom various places... Besides all that, he has quick reaction time and a very, very basic knowledge of hacking. Lastly, though not really a skill, he carries around a weapon called a "Firewand" which has a retractable wire "blade" surrounded by an electric current. This can be used to temporarily stun people for a certain length of time, depending on where it hits.

Pokemon:

Spoiler:
Nickname: Rigel
Species: Arcanine
Gender: Male
Moves: Flamethrower, Extremespeed, Safeguard, Helping Hand, Attract
Appearance: Rigel is slightly bigger than thee average Arcanine, and his fur colouring is slightly different. It's dark red in colour with black stripes, with white tufts of long fur. And, his eyes are a bright blue, like big shining blue stars. (Probably how he got his name.)
Personality: Rigel is a very loyal Pokemon, and a steadfast friend. He always cares about those who are close to him, and shows it. He's also quite generous in that he likes to show affection for others, and also to help them out in whatever way he can. So in a way he's the handyman of this group here. For example, he frequently keeps others warm on cold days by cuddling up next to them. He also is obliged to have people ride on him, though usually he won't let let strangers do such a thing. He has a protective nature, and is concerned about the health and well-being of his friends--especially Lupin, his trainer. What a gentle and kind-hearted canine indeed, though he can be restless at times.

Yet on the other hand, Rigel can be quite the lover boy sometimes. Sometimes he can't help but stare at and follow some female Pokemon, especially ones that look sort of like him. He even has a little crush on Artemis once in a while, and makes occasional comments about how beautiful Velvet looks while she's sleeping. Perhaps this is one reason why he loves to use Attract in a battle, although he can also become so infatuated by the other Pokemon (even if she doesn't use Attract) that he'll be hesitant to battle her. This particular trait of his is what really annoys Lupin sometimes... along with the fact that he prefers to be diurnal. (Though the latter means he can act as a watchdog while Lupin sleeps, if only he were a bit more patient.)

Background: Lupin, along with his fellow Black Cat Bandits, attended a Pokemon academy in Solaceon Town for a while. This one wasn't as prestigious as the one in Jubilife City was, but as it was right near the Pokemon daycare, there were lots of Pokemon around for the students to practise with and play with in their free time. What was also unique about this academy is that when someone "graduated" from it, he or he received a Pokedex as well as a Pokemon. This Pokemon could be one of the young ones raised by the academy, or a Pokemon the student caught in one of the Pokemon-catching lessons. The latter was the type Rigel was; he was a wild Growlithe roaming around just south of Solaceon, and Lupin caught him with the help of a Luxio owned by the academy.

Skills/Abilities: Rigel doesn't really have any special skills or abilities other than what's typical of his species. The only thing that might put him a notch above the average Arcanine is the fact that he's big and strong enough to carry two people on his back and still be able to run at nearly full speed.


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Nickname: Artemis
Species: Mightyena
Gender: Female
Moves: Howl, Poison Fang, Thief, Take Down
Appearance: The lighter parts of her fur are more lavender in colour; the darker parts pitch black. Other than that, she doesn't look too different from the average Mightyena.
Personality: Sagacious and level-headed, Artemis is usually the one who keep the group focused and on terms with reality. Behaving sort of like the alpha female of the group, she looks after everyone and keeps them together, and sometimes even leads them along on adventures. In all things she goes by her instincts and uses common sense, and won't let any worries or distracting thoughts get in the way of her actions. She remains serious and focused, and doesn't kid or play around--so one can call her mature in a sense. Often times she uses this to her advantage--for example, if she were in a battle with Laverne, while Laverne spent time singing and preparing intricate attack designs, she would rush in and attack, catching her off guard.

Artemis is named so because of her tendency to be a leading, almost motherly figure, and because in her free time she loves to bask in the moonlight. She truly is a motherly figure to Lupin, who often claims that she "acts like his third mother". Although not his first Pokemon, she feels a good sense of attachment to Lupin already, looking after him and serving as an extra set of eyes and ears and noses. She oten ends up being a scout in an unfamiliar area, and reports any dangers back.

Background: Before Artemis was captured, she lived in a section of the woods near the Turnback Cave, with a small pack of mostly Mightyenas; she herself was a Poochyena then. The only other Poochyena in the pack was her little brother, who was blind, so she often looked after him when most of the pack was out hunting. Unfortunately, she didn't do a good enough job of it; once while the two Poochyenas were alone, a Seviper came by and attacked the blind one. She immediately howled to call the pack, but the only individual who came was a Growlithe--Rigel, to be specific, closely followed by Lupin. Rigel was able to fight the Seviper off, but by that time, the blind Poochyena had already died of poisoning. Artemis was saddened by this, but as a thanks to Lupin and Rigel, she challenged them to a battle, which ended in her being captured.

Skills/Abilities: Artemis has very good night vision, and has a knack for seeing things that usually go unnoticed. She's also a pretty good swimmer, oddly enough.


Combined History: (for both Yamiko and Lupin)

Both backgrounds mention Yamiko or Edwin being put in an orphanage in Kanto; in fact, they were in the same orphanage at the same time, and that was where they first met. However, they lost touch with each other when they were adopted...

Let's fast forward a bit. A month or so after Velvet was kidnapped (after Yamiko "caught" Laverne), Yamiko stayed in a hotel one night. In the middle of the night, someone broke into her hotel room, but that person turned out to be Lupin, whom she had recognised from the orphanage. What was even more surprising was what he was holding: Velvet, who he had snatched from Team Rocket's storage room the evening before. From then on, Yamiko and Lupin traveled together on a Pokemon journey, and even became boyfriend and girlfriend at that time. However, trouble struck before too long. One sunny morning, a bunch of Team Rocket people came along and took away not Velvet, but Lupin, mentioning something about him being "sent to prison" for "having an affair with a victim".

Lupin's conviction became another devastation in Yamiko's book of misfortune--in fact, at times she wondered if the situation was partially her fault, just for being with him. In her mind she punished herself for falling in love with him in the first place. At some points this left her depressed enough to think about suicide (which, ironically, Laverne prevented her from committing), but during those lighter days when she was not feeling too bad, she used this alone time to enter Pokemon contests. It was also during this time that both her Pokemon evolved. But Laverne was definitely her favourite Pokemon to use in a contest; she was really able to work with her on shaping her attacks. That ability was actually partially learned from Velvet; her training with that started off with Velvet using telekinesis to bend Laverne's attacks into different shapes and paths.

While all this was going on, Lupin was still in prison; this prison was rather unique in that it was owned by Team Rocket, and held disobedient Team Rocket members and other serious threats to the organisation. The Sinnoh branch of Team Rocket was always known for being more cruel than its (though larger) Kanto/Johto branch. They even had a habit of torturing their prisoners for information, which in Lupin's case was often things like where Yamiko lived or what her Pokedex ID number was, or what attacks Velvet knew. Fortunately, though, after about two weeks he managed to escape from this prison, which was a huge shock to not only Yamiko (she was obviously overjoyed when she ran into him a week later), but Team Rocket as well (apparently he was the first person to have escaped from there).

The Black Cat Bandits came to Lupin's assistance immediately after his escape, and soon after recruited Yamiko as well. All five of them made it their goal to take down the Sinnoh branch of Team Rocket, and thus started to come up with a plan, which centered around spying on Team Rocket's motives. However, before this plan could come to fruition, there came that fateful night. One night, Yamiko and Lupin were taking a nice walk outside, in a remote area of Floaroma Meadow. All of a sudden, they began to feel drowsy, as if some invisible Butterfree was sprinkling Sleep Powder on them. Whatever the case, they eventually got so tired that they lay down on the tall grass, and went to sleep...

When Yamiko and Lupin woke up, it was morning, and they were not in Floaroma Meadow. Instead, they were on some unfamiliar hill overlooking some unfamiliar valley, which looked like a war zone. Clearly they were not in Sinnoh anymore...
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