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Rhys Walker

"I'm that guy your mother warned you about. No, really."

0 · 308 views · located in Pokémon: Johto

a character in “Pokémon: Requiem”, originally authored by Verdandi, as played by RolePlayGateway

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“Just because I don't do things the way everyone else does doesn't mean I'm wrong, you know.”
Imagine Dragons |: Warriors :|
Volbeat |: Still Counting :|


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|:N I C K N A M E:| None; who’d bother shortening a one-syllable name?
|:A G E:| 19
|:G E N D E R
:| Male
|:F A C ExC L A I M:| Mikoto Suoh; K

--» |:H A I R:|
Rhys’s hair is usually a disheveled mess, poking up at odd angles and apparently only rarely meeting the opposition of a brush or comb. It’s definitely part bedhead, but also partly that he’s given to running his hand through it, from temple to the nape of his neck, usually when he’s either considering something or just trying to pull it back an out of his eyes. He doesn’t slick it, but the motion does tame it a little, perhaps. There are still bits that always seem to obstruct his visual field, but he’s far too lazy to cut it, and too cheap to let anyone else charge him to do it. The hue is a bright crimson, quite unusual compared to, say, a darker red or a strawberry blonde. It tends to get him noticed, though he’d not always fond of that. Despite its lack of neatness, his hair is much softer than its appearance would suggest.

--» |:E Y E S:|
His eyes have a seemingly-permanent cynical gleam to them, a certain narrowed slant that makes him look skeptical or suspicious of just about everything he’s told. For one so young, the expression in them generally makes him seem a little older, a little more mature. The irises are a golden color, bright and aureate, distinguishable easily from brown, but having flecks of both darker amber and something like ruddy cinnamon in them as well.

--» |:H E I G H T t:|
At 6’4”, he’s a great deal taller than almost anyone else he meets.

--» |:W E I G H T:|
A good rough guess would be 200-210.

--» |:B U I L D:|
Rhys is what one may politely term built. Some add like a brick house to the end of that, which is really just a way of noting the sturdy thickness of his frame. He is by no means fat, rather possessing a frame packed with musculature. He is not a thin man, nor a lanky one, though he can at times pass for a certain kind of svelte, depending on what he is wearing. There is a lot of definition to his musculature, suggesting regular, targeted exercise or else a very laborious lifestyle. He’s not a meat wall, quite, but he could credibly pass for, say, a bouncer or professional boxer.

--» |:M A R K I N G S:|
Rhys is fond of tattoos, and his own body is a showcase of this fact. It can be hard to tell, since he wears a jacket pretty much all of the time, but he has two full sleeves and most of his back covered in ink, and it spills over to some sections of his shoulders and chest as well, though not prominently. The theme of the artwork seems to be a somewhat natural motif, mixed here and there with artifacts of human life, in a harmonious blending. A few pokémon are, of course, featured as well, in stylized depictions. He has a few scars here and there, but nothing that looks too major.


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|:P O T E N T I A LxI N T E R E S T:|
Yeah freaking right. It’s not that Rhys is especially cynical about the existence of romance or love or whatever, it’s just not really his schtick. He’s had maybe a girlfriend or two in his life, and it was fine, he supposes, but it’s nothing he ever really got excited about. Plus, he doesn’t really have the personality for deep bonds of that kind with other people, as far as he can tell. He’s a bit too much of an ass to attract most people, and he’d be a little concerned about the mental health of anyone that did actually want to spend extended periods of time with him. He’s had his fair share of short term, one-night type deals, but those, as far as he’s concerned, are entirely different from actual romantic relationships.

|:S K I L L S
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--» Pokémon Training/Battling || Well, he’s not the type to spread it around, but since he started his journey two years ago, he’s swept an entire region (his homeland of Kanto), and become the Pokémon champion of the region. He served at his post for about a year of that, but he’s stepped away for a while to have a go at another region, with a new team and without giving away his notoriety. He’s a damn talented trainer, and he always has been.

--» Camping/Survival || That same amount of time on the road has gotten him used to travel, and camping specifically. He knows how to get by even with very few supplies, and as such, stocks a repertoire of useful survival and navigation skills.

--» Basic Mechanics || He’s no hacker or technological whiz, but he can fix a broken Xtranciever or Pokégear or whatever. He’s also pretty good with basic vehicle maintenance and the like, from a few summers spent working in an automotive shop in his younger years.

--» Martial Arts || Rhys grew up in Fuchsia city, the unusual amalgam of bikers, martial artists, and safari-goers. With no father figure in his life, he spent a lot of time with his mother’s best friend, who happened to be one of the instructors at the Fuchsia City dojo. One can imagine, then, where he picked up his knowledge of the skill. He uses both krav maga and kung fu, and will often physically train with his pokémon.

--» Drawing || It started with motorcycle blueprints, and architectural designs, things he was interested in as a kid, and from there blossomed to scenes of pokémon and nature, and sometimes even people and the like. Rhys actually designed his own tattoos. It’s just a hobby, nothing professional, but he does know a surprising amount about art.

|: Q U I R K S :|
--» Swears Like a Sailor || Well… he has a mouth on him, that’s for sure. He’s not really one for deferential or formal language, and swear words are just part of his functional vocabulary, whether he’s angry or not. He usually doesn’t mean to offend; it’s just how he talks.

--» Tents are for Wimps || When camping, Rhys prefers to do things in the bare bones way—he’s not one for RVs or even tents, preferring to sleep under the stars. Of course, he’ll take shelter if it’s raining, since he’s not a total moron, but he can do without the fancy stuff.

--» Compulsive Nicknaming || An old habit, and one that sometimes irritates people. He’s always been really bad at remembering names, actually, and in his youth, just tended to nickname people, usually based on a trait or something he knew about them. Some of them can be a little… unflattering, but most aren’t outright insulting.

|:P E R S O N A L I T Y:|
Caustic; Being generally rough or abrasive in manner; sarcastic or cutting.

Intense; Having or showing great strength, drive, or ambition, especially towards specific goals, sometimes to the exclusion of other things; extremely focused.

Rhys isn’t the most agreeable person there is, to be sure. In fact, it can be kind of tough to get along with him, especially if one is the kind of person to allow first impressions to impact them strongly. Because his first impression is usually that of a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed young layabout that doesn’t do much by way of useful contribution to society. He looks, sounds, and carries himself like a delinquent and a roustabout. He’s also sarcastic to the point of rudeness, and seems to have a sort of impatience about him that combined with his imposing build and body language, makes him seem quite intimidating.

This is, however, only the beginning of things. He is a bit of a rough individual, never having had much by way of economic resource and growing up around mechanics and bikers. That said, there is a surprising amount of discipline to him, and the truth is that for all his intimidation, he’s not that bad a guy—he certainly wouldn’t hurt anyone without great need. His manners are unrefined, but he’s not excessively crude, just crass. He can certainly be sarcastic, and sometimes surprisingly reticent, but get him talking about something that interests him, and one can discover that he’s surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful, with a distinct, if rarely-apparent, softer side and a generous spirit. He can occasionally do surprising things, like helping people with little incentive or offering up a valuable piece of advice for free. And of course, he’s good to have around in the event that one needs heavy things lifted.


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|:F A M I L Y:|
Gretchen Walker; Mother; Alive (42); Safari Zone Attendant
Karl O'Riley; Father; Unknown (46); Unknown
Lisbet Walker; Sister; Alive (13); Student

|:H I S T O R Y
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Rhys Walker bears his mother’s surname, and not his father’s, though he was in fact born Rhys O’Riley. For the first seven years of his life or so, his parents were together, though only in a certain sense of the word. There was no concern about abuse or anything, but it was pretty clear to everyone that knew them that the love had faded quickly in their relationship, if it had ever truly existed at all. Shortly after Rhys’s seventh birthday, his father walked out of his life, and never came back. He doesn’t feel especially traumatized or abandoned by this, though he will admit that it did cause a lot of problems.

His mother was perpetually underemployed for a college-educated woman, partly due to the fact that she needed to be able to raise two children without the help of much extended family. Rhys was, as a result, often looked after by friends of hers, and at other times, left more or less to his own devices while she was working. He became the chief babysitter for his little sister at a young age, and the two of them grew up exceptionally close because of this, despite the gap in their respective years. His mom didn’t make much money, but he didn’t really notice at first, and they were for the most part a completely average family aside from their lack of income.

It wasn’t until he hit his teen years that other kids started to take note of the fact that his clothes were always used and his school supplies very cheap. In the way kids do, some of them ostracized and made fun of him for this, something that he initially did not take well. The bullying had a certain physical element to it as well, though that ended as soon as he went to his mother’s friend Takeshi for training in the local dojo arts. Still, it wasn’t always easy, being the kid no one was really friends with, and so when the local misfits took him in, he was glad of it.

They were rough people, and coarse, but underneath that, they were good, and they became his crowd through adolescence. One of them got him a job at an auto-body shop, where he learned the basics of mechanics, and the income allowed him to help his mother support their family. It still wasn’t a lot though, and he knew he had to do something else. As it turns out, pokémon training provided an answer—any kid of the right age could get a starter for free, and if you were good at battling, you could rake in the money.

Not a conventional start, and the career that followed wasn’t conventional either. He traveled alone, with only his first pokémon, did a few gyms in the wrong order, didn’t use any of his winnings to buy pokéballs until after his third city, and only actually challenged the league because he’d got lost around the Indigo Plateau. It turned out that he won the whole thing, mostly by figuring things out as he went, and he kept the position for another year before taking a leave and deciding to try to do it in a slightly more organized fashion, this time in Johto.





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Image|:S P E C I E S:| Riolu
|:N I C K N A M E:| None
|:N A T U R E:| Hardy

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- Agility
- Blaze Kick
- Force Palm
- Bullet Punch
- Crunch
|:S P E C I E S:| Ralts
|:N I C K N A M E:| None
|:N A T U R E:| Modest

|:A T T A C K S:|
- Heal Pulse
- Magical Leaf
- Disarming Voice
- Shock Wave
- Confusion
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Image|:S P E C I E S:| Dratini
|:N I C K N A M E:| None
|:N A T U R E:| Adamant

|:A T T A C K S:|
- Aqua Jet
- Iron Tail
- Dragon Dance
- Dragon Rush
- Extreme Speed
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So begins...

Rhys Walker's Story

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