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"Lord-Regent" Radegast the Trainer

"Yeah well that's just, like, your opinion, man."

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by HolyJunkie

Description

Image Image "Lord-Regent" Radegast Rondo "Dreads" Reginald is a plain, and very laid-back sixteen-year-old dude, who is very friendly with nature. Though he’s not a stoner, his demeanour would make one mistake otherwise. His chill attitude is only betrayed by the variety of pokemon he has gathered together in a single team. Due to a less than ideal childhood, he's learned that he doesn’t much like to fight. That being said, he would not hesitate to do so to help his friends. He does not find it fitting to be referred to as a "trainer", but in this world, avoiding labels can't be helped. He is humble to a fault, with an astonishingly low opinion on his own worth in the world, but he also does not allow that to bring him down. This low opinion on his worth, coupled with his long time in the wild, has made him very unused to interaction with humans. He greatly values the concept of freedom, and believes that everyone should have the freedom to do what they want. That being said, he is also against anyone who threatens the freedom of himself and others.

He is quick to encourage and trust in others forging their own path, developing their own strength, even if they are strangers.

Radegast is an especially strange boy. An obscenely chill person, yet his friends have, despite the boy's peaceful nature, been raised and trained to be incredibly effective combatants. (Mostly by their own efforts, rather than Radegast's.) Their collective power only pales in comparison to their collectively burning loyalty. Despite holding to no long-term goals in life, there must be something about this boy that commands the respect of vicious and lazy creatures such as RAGE and Suros.

The human stands at about 5'7", and is slightly pudgy in his mid-section. His arms and legs have a build that implies that he has done climbing, hiking, and a lot of hand-to-hand fighting throughout his journeys, despite the girth. His brown hair goes out in thick dreadlocks, and his eyes are a deep ocean blue. He has scars over most of his body. The most prominent are the claw marks across his chest, the scars on his knuckles, and an acid burn on his right shoulder. The Acid burn vaguely resembles the number 3.

Due to a makeover, his naturally brown dreadlocks are currently blonde, and tied into a traditional-style Alolan braid. His blue eyes are turned green due to contact lenses.

He has survived in the wild for six years now, and as such has keen survival skills rivalled only by those who have survived the wilderness more than he has. He is skilled with wood carving, and is very knowledgable about shelters, building his own tools, and identifying good plants from poisons. He also developed a resistance to most toxins and the like, mainly because he's often too lazy to set up any shelters for himself beyond a campfire. He does not carry many utensils, oftentimes he builds them on the fly using materials he and his friends find in the wild. The others of his team are particularly skilled in building survival equipment as well. In fact, building such things is the only real "training" Radegast ever gave them. Due to his heritage, he is able to intimidate through his "Reginald" side, where his commanding voice could influence wild strangers to at least consider his "suggestions". He prefers not to use that voice.

Once upon a time, was a member of Team Skull under the gangsta name "Dreads".

Recently nearly killed, returned to life by the King of Depths, but has since taken on the form of a Gallade. While he does look pretty typical for a Gallade, aspects of his original body have carried over, such as his dreadlocks, his build, his scars, and his blue eyes. Additionally, his arms contain a kelp-like pattern that wraps around before meeting an end at the tip of the elbow blades. He also wears the Limiter- a glassy black gauntlet- over his right hand.

Level: 64
Abilities: Steadfast, Justified. Also has Stamina, due to his long travels.
Moves:
-Close Combat - As a natural fighter, he's boosted his brawling potential by improving the precision of otherwise wild attacks. However, this still cuts on his Defense and Sp.Def.
-Calm Mind - He meditates, as taught by Vorpal. This boosts his psychic output and hardiness. (Sp.Att and Sp.Def) Also used to keep control on his power.
-Swords Dance - An exercise form with a blade in hand. This hones his ability with the blade. (Att raised sharply)
-Heal Pulse - Taught by a Gardevoir in Kalos. By tapping into his own healing factor, he boosts that of his own, and shares it psychically to anyone and anything within a radius. However, he needs a few precious seconds in order to perform it, and it heals without discrimination.
-"Elemental Edge" - The principles of Psycho Cut, but he is learning to apply different types of energy into the blades. All variants are considered Physical, but they can be launched a short distance before dissipating. Current blades unlocked:
>Slash (Normal) - The Normal-type edge, no added energies.
>Psycho Cut (Psychic) - The basic Psychic blade. Focuses psychic energy into his blade and unleashes it either as a melee attack, or up to two metres away.
>Leaf Blade (Grass) - By pulling photons out in a similar fashion to Grass-type pokemon, he can convert the Psycho Cut into a Leaf Blade.

Other abilities:
-Improved metabolism: Allows him to heal from most wounds with relative ease. It's not exactly a Wolverine-style healing factor, but a dislocated shoulder would heal fully within a day if set back in properly. Thanks to his Gallade form, the healing factor is somewhat improved, especially when it comes to the usage of berries and potions.
-Mind Probe: The bread and butter of all Psychic-types, typically used to project thoughts and read minds. Projecting thoughts allows him to speak either aloud, or sending messages directly to another mind. The effectiveness of mind-reading depends on the user's mental strength against the target's mental strength.
-Leg Boost: By focusing energy into his legs, Radegast can dart forward at great speeds, and even use said bursts to take off in great leaps.
-Enhanced agility: Through training with Janine, he is particularly agile, and finally has the training required for parkour maneuvers.
-Sword & Shield training

FUSION: The Reginald Coat of Arms- due to its unique nature- can fuse with Radegast to bolster both of their combat abilities.
Current fusion output: 12%
Fusion grants +1 to Attack, and Defense. As output increases, their power increases.
The Graveller Tribe Suit grants the "Fur Coat" effect, where physical damage is halved.

THE ATTIRE
X1 Cap, given to him by Uncle Tarma.
X1 Black leather jacket with purple sleeves. On the back is a design depicting a stylized Skorupi.
X1 black thermal undershirt
X2 T-shirts, one black one light grey
X2 navy blue cargo pants, slightly thicker material to take a beating while maintaining mobility.
Socks and Underwear
X1 pair of Light Steel-toed boots
X1 backpack, single sling.
X2 bandanas
X1 Leg satchel
X1 Pokemon trainer's belt, with pokeball latches.

The Limiter - A gauntlet made from a prismatic material, gifted to Radegast by Floyd the Necrozma. Allows safe fusion with Reginald the Aegislash, at the cost of raw power output. The prism adapts to the growing power of the wearer.
The Graveller Tribe Suit - A suit of padding and plates made by an old tribe of Geodude, Graveller, and Golem, when they used to have a human tribe among them. While it is very traditional, it was designed with form and function in mind. The Suit was created to allow a human to stand closer to even footing against powerful Fighting-types. It halves physical damage against him when worn.
The Galladite and Keystone - Small stones used in Mega Evolution. Currently unusable until the technique for Mega Evolution is figured out.

THE BADGES:
Basic Badge
Toxic Badge
Insect Badge
Bolt Badge
Quake Badge
Jet Badge

THE GEAR:
1,020 Pokke

X5 Potions
X4 Super Potions
X4 Full Heals
X2 Fresh Water
X2 Lemonade

X8 Pecha Berries
X2 Oran Berries
X5 Sitrus Berries
x1 Leppa Berry
x3 Cheri Berry
x3 Chesto Berry
x3 Rawst Berry
x5 Persim Berry

X1 Escape Rope

5 Modified Pokeballs
1 Modified Premiere Ball

HM Cut
HM Surf
TM Toxic
TM Earthquake
TM Dig
TM Rock Slide
TM Aerial Ace
TM Venoshock - Given by Roxie
TM Struggle Bug - Given by Burgh
TM Volt Switch - Given by Elesa
TM Bulldoze - Given by Clay
TM Acrobatics - Given by Skyla

Amulet Coin
Smoke Ball
Swiss Army Knife - Any traveller needs one.
Phone with Camera - Unlocked, waterproof, hardy and tough. No SIM card.
First-aid kit - Rudimentary, currently holds a half-empty bottle of painkillers. Empty containers have been restocked with medicinal herbs. Fortunately, Operative's silk makes a fine field dressing.
Assorted toiletries - Duh
Go-Goggles - Graded for water and sandstorms. Got them after meeting Crystal.
Meditation Balls - Two small steel balls used to exercise fingers. Helps him build focus and train his Psychic potential.
Harmonica
Harmonica frame
Folding Guitar from Roxie

Galladite - Required for Mega-Evolution. Permanently set in the back of the Limiter.
Keystone- Also required for Mega Evolution. Set in a bracelet on Radegast's left arm.

CURRENTLY AT THE TREEHOUSE:
Folding Bike - purple
Notebook - Taken from the Man in the Weird Suit
Mysterious Disk 1 - Taken from Leopold, the Man in the Weird Suit, of Reservoir Group
Mysterious Disk 2 - Labeled "PROJECT SIREN", stolen from the hijacked Team Trebuchet's stealth airplane.

THE TEAM: (with the exception of Chrome, who's at level 1, every member has level 5 affection.)

Elder the Gengar (ghost-poison) LEVEL 46
The only one who has any self-awareness and a sense of humour. Also the wisest of the bunch, hence the name. He always has an eye for spotting weakness and determining exploits or improvements upon those weaknesses. Very willing to fight dirty for the survival of his team. He also prefers to stay out of his pokeball so he can study opponents to determine weaknesses. With that self-awareness, as he evolves, Elder becomes more and more sinister and prone to jokes and pranks.
In his previous life, he was a Toxicroak scholar, who was exiled for taking interest in dangerous ideas.
He has a scar over his right eye from the Houndour and Houndoom pack. Now long-faded with only the most subtle of evidence remaining.
Met Radegast in a forest, where they escaped a pack of Houndour and Houndoom together. Evolved to Haunter after an encounter on the PTA Island. Evolved to Gengar to save Radegast from a drop down a cliff.
Reason for Loyalty: They're two peas in a pod.
Abilities: Levitate and Shadow Tag, Also can vanish into any shadow, and go into a mist form like all ghosts.
Current Moveset:
-Toxic: Manifests as a putrid dark cloud. Combination with Poison Gas grants range and area of effect.-
-Lick: Using a particular poisonous saliva indigenous to the Ghastly family, it inflicts a powerful paralysis.
-Confuse Ray: Manifests as a quick flash of blinding light. A split-second of blindness, followed by hallucinogenic vision for the victim- thus inflicting confusion.
-Dark Pulse: A pulse of Dark Energy. Slower, but much more powerful.
-Venoshock: A deadly jab that dispenses deadlier punch when the target is already poisoned.
-Hypnosis: Utilizing the hallucinogenic nature of his Confuse Ray, instead flashes a series of colours that puts the target to sleep.
Hold Item:

Crystal the Dewgong (water-ice) LEVEL 46
She’s a professional, very no-nonsense, but also very normal. She doesn’t call too much attention to herself, but her water and ice abilities make her practically the most powerful on the team, not including Suros. She sees RAGE as a rival for raw power. Evolved to Dewgong in the Castelia Sewers to have the power to freeze an ocean breach.
Saved by Radegast during a storm off a tropical island.
Her eyes darken to pits when ready to fight. Is otherwise normal for a wild Dewgong.
Reason for Loyalty: Radegast has lived up to his promise.
Abilities: Thick Fat and Ice Body. She can also levitate.
Current Moveset:
-Ice Beam: A beam of "anti-thermal energy", that rapidly absorbs all heat within the target, potentially freezing them solid. The science of it is beyond me.
-Icy Wind: Manifests as a bone-chilling wind. If heavily focused, it can form solid ice. She uses this to build walls or platforms if the group needs such things.
-Headbutt: A headbutt... Though the pain delivered is amplified by her horn.
-Aqua Jet: Manifests as a laser of water, only instead of piercing power, it holds great punching power. Inflicts intense knockback against victims.
-Rest: Falls asleep, boosting her regenerative abilities on an immeasurable scale.
Hold Item:

Suros the Talonflame (fire-flying) LEVEL 63
A very lazy bird. So lazy that she often prefers not to fly. This laziness clashes with her otherwise undying loyalty to her trainer. Her loyalty is more out of her similarities to Radegast. When she does kick the lazy habit, she's absolutely terrifying.
Met Radegast on a random path, where they became friends in almost an instant. Evolved into a Fletchinder more out of necessity, when she knew she needed speed in order to handle a huge mob of Psychic Rebellion mooks. Evolved to a Talonflame when she became sick and tired of the Psychic Rebellion refusing to "Live and Let Live". Now she's keen on destroying all of them if she gets the chance. Her fury has been unleashed, and the laziness has taken a back seat.
Her plumage is in perfect shape, for no one has ever managed to scar her.
Once had two brothers, Omolon and Hakkë. Both were murdered by Demonbreath.
Long ago, she slew a Dragonite known as Demonbreath. This has made her name, "Demonslayer" a legend among wild Pokemon. She prefers to avoid revealing that she is the Demonslayer, however. She would rather hang out with Radegast and the others.
Defeated RAGE effortlessly once upon a time.
Reason for Loyalty: It's more like a one-sided love on top of a mutual friendship.
Abilities: Flame Body and Gale Wings. Roosting comes naturally due to her laziness, making "healing during downtime" a rather unique ability.
Current Moveset:
-Peck: A savage jab, stab, slash, or any kind of attack using her hardened beak.
-Growl: An uncharacteristically savage rumble that renders would-be-attackers very unnerved.
-Roost: She might as well always do this, meaning she's always in tip-top condition when she ever does decide to join the fray.
-Sand Attack: Using a combination of her talons and wings, sends any dirt or sand flying in the face of her opponents within a cone.
-Flamethrower: Her flames are back in business, woe to the poor soul who is struck by a blast of this fire.
-Aerial Ace: A savage and deadly accurate flying slash with her talons or beak.
Hold Item:

RAGE the Primeape (fighting) LEVEL 46
He carries the rage of a thousand ancient evils. His rage is unparalleled even by Mankey standards, and is an incredibly powerful opponent. An immensely large ham, who is oblivious to most every concept except for fighting.
Met Radegast out on a random trail, where Rage had been exiled by his clan for being too violent and strong. He lost to Suros, and considers it his biggest shame next to losing out on the last rice ball to the Operative. Evolved to Primeape during a fight in the first Unova Gym.
His eyes are sunken like the pits of hell, but the irises blaze with infinite fire.
Reason for Loyalty: He sees Radegast for who he is, and greatly respects the ideals the human holds to.
Abilities: Anger Point and Defiant, also Sturdy due to his infinite fury. Attacking him only makes him more angry and stronger.
Current Moveset:
-Cross Chop: MY BARE HAND HOLDS AN IMMEASURABLE POWER!!!!!! (any standard strike with his fists counts as this)
-Low Kick: THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL! GET ON MY LEVEL!!!! (any standard strike with his legs counts as this)
-Seismic Toss: ANY GRAPPLING MOVE I CAN PERFORM, I PERFORM WITH STRENGTH WORTHY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE COSMOS!!!!
-Leer: THEY WILL KNOW MY SOUL WHEN I GAZE UPON THEIR FRAIL EXISTENCE! THEY WILL KNOW THEY ARE FRAIL AND WILL NEVER COMPARE! THEY WILL LEARN THAT THEY CAN NEVER BE AS STRONG AS THE FURY OF RAGE!!!
-Earthquake: SUNDER THE EARTH UNDER THE INFINITE POWER OF RAGE!!!
-Rock Slide: FLY TO THE MOON, FLY ACROSS THE STARS, FOR THERE IS NO ESCAPE!!!
Hold Item:

“Operative Galvantula” (electric-bug) LEVEL 46
A true professional, a black-ops soldier to the core… At least, she fancies herself as one. Her demeanour is heavily inspired by a Pokemon Mystery TV show she used to watch while hiding in a human facility, called "Tracy the Tracker". Very pretentious, and willing to cut corners, but would pull her weight in the moment of truth. She gets along very well with Elder, as they are both very technique and tactics-focused.
Met Radegast in the lower levels of a dam, where they took on a mad Ursaring together. Evolved into Galvantula thanks to a super-charging during an encounter with a Raikou.
No unique markings or mannerisms, very much an ordinary Galvantula.
Reason for Loyalty: Great respect as a compassionate warrior.
Abilities: Compound Eyes, Unnerve and Swarm. Her legs allow her incredible jumping and climbing capabilities, and translates to a natural +1 to evasion.
Current Moveset:
-Electroweb: Manifests as an electrically charged string shot. Inflicts paralysis on those caught in the webbing. When the charge is spent, it becomes ordinary String Shot.
-String Shot: Manifests as uncharged silk produced by the Joltik's natural bodily function.
-Bug Bite: A fierce, piercing bite.
-Thunder Wave: It's a Thunder Wave... I mean, come on...
-Struggle Bug: It's Struggle Bug.
-Cut: A savage slash with a mandible or claw. Able to slice through trees with a single swipe.
Hold Item:

Chrome the Metagross (psychic-steel) LEVEL 42
A selfish creature with care only for it's own survival. Quite intelligent, and a quick thinker in a combat scenario, but narrow-minded in it's preference to stay away from humans. It is aware of it's covetable "shiny shell", and has been chased by many a trainer for the prized shiny quality. It finds difficulty in trusting others, but currently sees that a laid-back human would make a perfect cover to keep the other trainers away. Unfortunately, it sees Radegast only as a means to an end. Met Radegast on the trail to Virbank. Evolved during the Gym Challenge at Nimbasa, where it faced against Leader Elesa.
Is shiny, with a silver shell and golden claws.
Reason for Loyalty: Self-serving. Hanging with a human keeps other humans away. However, Chrome sees that Radegast is not like other humans.
Abilities: Clear Body and Light Metal. It is capable of speaking the human language through magnetic telepathy.
Current Moveset:
-Headbutt: It hovers using consistent psychic/magnetic energy that it controls like second-nature. This second-nature can be interrupted if it is startled.
-Metal Claw: Obviously, a metallic claw.
-Take-Down: Very similar to Headbutt, only this also has a different goal. The knockback does not affect the solid structure of the Beldum as much as most other pokemon that use Take-Down.
-Zen Headbutt: A psychic-charged headbutt, and it's most powerful attack at the moment.
-Rock Slide: Using psychic energy, throws rocks
-Earthquake: ... What the heck do you think it is?
Hold Item:

THE FRIENDS / ALLIES:
Roxie the Gym Leader
The Pokken Club
Crimson and other Wildlings of the Crimson Guild
Touko the Champion
Lukas the reigning Alolan Champion - currently captured by Regicide Crew.
Hau the Challenger
Team Reskull
The King of the Depths - As well as the other leaders of the Seven Clans of the Ocean Floor. Although they have since disowned Radegast's friendship due to his unexpected, abominable form.
The Golem Tribe - Learned about their culture, partook in an ancient tradition, where he proved a worthy friend.
Absolute the Articuno - And the Ice-type pokemon of Crystal's home island.
The Treehouse - AKA The Lord-Regent's Villa. Home of a group of Pokemon who run the place in the Lord-Regent's absence.
Reginald the Aegislash - Despite the Coat of Arms' robotic, monotone demeanour, as well as the complicated rift between the family, "Reggie" values the safety of all who bear the Reginald name above even it's own. It would slaughter those who dare threaten the lives of the Reginalds, whether without, or even against the command of the standing Patriarch. It is less a Pokemon, and more a Stand. Having been around since the beginning of the family line, it is obscenely powerful, incredibly experienced, and is dangerous even to Legendaries. Is now currently protecting Radegast.
The Mad Ursaring - Tormented into madness by the Man in the Weird Suit. Successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wilds of Johto.

THE ENEMIES:
The Reservoir Group - A band of mercenary trainers, doing jobs for a paycheck. Usually criminal activity. Once led by Leopold, the Man in the Weird Suit- who was defeated at the Lake of Rage and left in the hands of the Mad Ursaring. Leopold's fate is currently unknown.
Team Trebuchet - Currently in disarray, with many members arrested by the Police. The big names, however, have managed to escape, and currently plan to regain momentum, funding, and their members.
The Regicide Crew - A section of Team Aqua dedicated to deep-sea research/conquest, has had many a run-in with the Seven Clans of the Ocean Floor, as well as Absolute the Articuno. Currently has captured a Necrozma, as well as Demonbreath.
Steelfist - Rage's rival, and ex-chieftain, crippled by Suros, but still lives. Holds a seething hatred for Radegast, Suros, and especially Rage.
Weyloran - Sister of Felwinter, blames Suros for the death of Felwinter.
Bretomart - The Bellows, The Demonbreath- a powerful Dragonite who once terrorized a region. Slain by Suros, but resurrected and now enslaved by the Regicide Crew
The Reginald Family - His family are "enemies" due to a clash of ideologies. Only Tarma seems to understand Radegast's motives, even if leaving has caused nothing but trouble.
School bullies - Many of them hold a grudge into their adolescence. Who knows where they may emerge.
Marcus Reginald's Palkia - Don't ask.
The Psychic Rebellion - Though Radegast doesn't even know what that is.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS / TIMELINE
??? - Suros slays a powerful Dragonite known as The Bellows, or "Demonbreath".
Year 1, Day 1 - Escaped Reginald household, met Elder, outwitted and escaped a Houndoom pack
Year 1, Month 1 - Saved the life of the King of Depths, Named "Lord-Regent" and "Friend to All Skrelp"
Year 1, Month 8 - Saved the life of the King of Depths, made an enemy of the Regicide Crew
Year 1, Month 9 - Met Suros on the path. Nothing unusual happened.
Year 1, Month 12 - Met Rage on another path. Everything unusual happened.
Year 2, Month 11 - Faced Steelfist's tribe. Steelfist crippled.
Year 2, Month 12 - Met Golem Tribe, faced trial of combat of the Ancient Human Armour currently held by the Golem Tribe, Rage's loyalty cemented.
Year 3, Month 1 - Met Crystal after a shipwreck. Stranded on an island
Year 3, Month 2 - Meets Absolute, strikes up the Surf deal. Escaped Island, arrived in Hoenn
Year 3, Month 5 - Decimated unknown Hoenn criminal organization, sabotaged Project Siren and saved nameless Meloetta.
Year 3, Month 6 - Acquired Bike Coupon in an event known as The Doc Holiday Story, where he vanished to Alola alongside a Porygon.
Year 3, Month 8 - Joined Team Skull
Year 4, Month 9 - Broke up with Team Skull
Year 5, Month 3 - Decimated unknown criminal organization at the Dam, met Operative. Man in the Weird Suit crippled, Mad Ursaring faces rehab.
Year 5, Month ??? - The Heist of Reginald Estate
Year 5, Month 11 & 12 - First contact with Psychic Rebellion. Gym Challenge begins. Multiple friends evolve. Met Chrome. Family discovers his whereabouts.
Year 6, Month 1 - Sixteenth Birthday, Gym Challenge #4. Chrome evolves to Metang. Elder evolves to Gengar. Gym Challenge #5. Second contact with Psychic Rebellion. Acquires HM Surf after three years almost to the day. Acquires Reginald Coat of Arms from Tarma. Gym Challenge #6, kept promise to Absolute, Crystal's loyalty cemented.
Year 6, Month 2 - Vanished once more to Alola, meets the Treehouse caretakers, and Alolan Champion. Meets OG Lee and reconnects with Team Reskull. Encounter with anti-Skull extremists, and assists Lukas in investigating a mysterious heist. Falls in battle after an unexpected battle with the Regicide Crew, and is reincarnated with the sacrifice of the King of Depths. Now currently is reincarnated as a Gallade.
Year 6, Month 3 - Trained with Reggie and Janine in Fuchsia City.
Year 6, Month 4 - On a quest to discover Elder's previous life. Discovered a memorial in Hoenn. Learned from Reggie about the fall of the Reginald Estate. Meets the Rehabilitated "Mad Ursaring." Sabotaged a Reservoir Group poaching operation at the Lake of Rage, including a final confrontation against Leopold, the "Man in the Weird Suit". Visited the ruins of the Reginald Estate, narrowly avoided first contact with Lucy Reginald while they were investigating what she was up to. First visit to Crimson Guild HQ.
Year 6, Month 5 - Continued training at Crimson HQ. His friends assist him and the guild by taking Rescue Team jobs, as "Team Strangers." Radegast is getting more and more dedicated to accumulating combat experience and power. Receives Galladite after a less-than-perfect job to rescue Glade, a Kirilia.
Year 6, Month 6 - Radegast and Suros head to the Tower in Shalour City to learn how to use Galladite- narrowly escapes a chance meeting with Lucy Reginald. By pure luck, Radegast and Suros manage to force Lucy to retreat. However, the Master was injured, and could not teach Radegast the secrets of Mega Evolution. However, one of the Master's Lucario pointed him in the right direction: Terminus Cave. Once there, he meets Titania- who is also in the search for key stone. After obtaining the keystone, has now been sent back to Unove in order to help with a situation involving a Shadow Diancie.

So begins...

"Lord-Regent" Radegast the Trainer's Story

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"Crimson! They're trying to get Seraphine to capture you!"

Crimson turned to the sound of Cinder's panicked cry. Cinder then looked from him to Sarik and put two and two together.

"Oh, sorry to interrupt. I guess you've got it covered though, by the looks of it!"

Crimson chuckled, "Yeah, I think we got it. I do appreciate your concern, but I don't plan on being captured any point ever. Besides," he motioned towards the humans and their conversation, "I think the conversation of pizza is more interesting than capturing a 'typical' Chimchar."

He couldn't help but smile at his sarcastic statement as Cinder ran to her trainer. He then turned to Tag and Sarik, "Seems like there's more to their civilization than just this island. Should we go and take a look-see?"

"Without the others?" Sarik raised a brow, "No way!"

Crimson nodded in agreement, "You're right. I forgot about Pert and Meryl. And Dobro and Domingo would want to come along too. Maybe another time, perhaps." The three turned their attention back to the conversation between Radegast and Touko, who was setting up a fight.

"And just like that...we can fade into obscurity," Crimson snapped his fingers. "Although I do want to watch this fight go down. I'm kind of interested to see how they both battle."

"Yeah, me too!" Tag quipped. "Especially Rage! He seems powerful!" A thought occurred to the Turtwig and he stared at Crimson, then Rage, then back to Crimson again. "Are you two cousins?"

Crimson burst out into laughter at the abrupt statement. "Where did that come from?"

"Well, you've got a similar build, you look somewhat alike, and while you're a bit more quiet about your own strength, Rage seems like he can fit to the hype he shouts." Tag looked back at Rage, who was stomping and chanting in some unknown language.

Crimson watched as well. "I doubt that. I think we just have some similar traits. But I'd love a good challenge! Maybe he could give me one."

Sarik crossed his arms, giving a quizzical look towards the two. "Aren't you guys forgetting something?"

Crimson and Tag both looked back at him with confused looks on their faces. "What?" they asked in unison.

Sarik shook his head, "Gah, I'm surrounded by idiots. Team RedEye! Y'know? Pounce and Gova? The ones we're trying to find?"

Oh. Crimson looked back at the massive gathering of new friends they'd just come across. "Y'know it sucks being an Isle Defender sometimes."

Sarik chuckled, "This coming from our glorious leader."

Crimson could keep the smirk off his face. "Hey, I can hate stuff, too."

"Do we have to go?" Tag asked Crimson.

Crimson smiled back, "Yeah, buddy. We have to find these guys."

Tag sighed, "I guess so."

"Alright!" Crimson started taking with new enthusiasm as he stood in front of his teammates like a leader. "Enough distractions! We have to find Pounce and Gova, so let's get to it!"

"Yeah!" Tag and Sarik chanted back, revitalized.

"The town's next," Crimson noted to them before beginning to walk off towards Oak Town. He waved towards Radegast's team as well as Cinder, Seraphine, and Touko. "Bye guys! We'll see ya around sometime!"

"Bye guys! Congratulations again!" Tag grinned widely. Sarik gave a little salute before joining Crimson and Tag. Together, the three began to set off towards the town.

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Elder and the others waved their respective goodbyes to the leaving wildlings, “Catch you on the flip side, friends!” Elder called after them. Aside to the others, he asked, “Wait, why did they come here in a school full of trainers?”

“Ah, who cares?” Suros replied as she stood up and crawled up Radegast’s leg to perch on his good shoulder once more.

“Hey Rage,” Crystal stood on her tail, “You ready to-”

“Whoa, easy there slugger,” Radegast playfully scratched the side of Crystal’s head, “You guys remember those three-on-three battles with those trainer teams, right? One-on-one, turn-based duels.”

“Oh yeah, those things we sometimes do to get that currency you need in order to buy pizza,” Crystal hummed in understanding, “Okay, I guess I’ll take point the-“

“I BEG TO DIFFER!” Rage shouted, “THE FLOODGATES OF MY ULTIMATE POWER ARE OPEN! THE MIGHTIEST WARRIORS ARE THE FIRST ONES INTO A FIGHT, AND THE ONLY ONES TO LEAVE!”

“So I’m taking point,” Crystal continued.

“FAT CHANCE!” Rage and Crystal bumped heads, glaring daggers into each others’ eyes.

Radegast laughed, and produced a small coin, “A’ight, let’s do this. Call it!”

“HEADS!“ - “Tails.”

The coin was tossed. Radegast caught the coin with his hand, and slapped it onto the hard top surface of his sling’s reinforcement plate. The human uncovered the coin and smirked. “It’s Tails, dude.”

“FUCK!”

“And, just to make sure… Operative, no setting traps on the field.” Radegast shot a glance at the Joltik still on Elder’s head. “This is a duel, not a war.”

“Yes, sir!” The Joltik saluted.

Radegast smiled as he held a finger up close to Suros, who began to peck at it, “It’s been a while since that one guy in the weird suit, but you got this, guys.” Said “one guy in the weird suit” was the one that had forfeited the good chunk of change Radegast was planning to spend a portion of on pizza and ice cream… but that was before the team arrived on this island.

“Weird suit… wasn’t that around when we met Operative?” Suros asked.

“That’s classified,” Operative returned almost immediately, “… But yes, that did happen at the same time.”

“Yeah, I know that story’s classified, but the weird suit guy ain’t,” Suros retorted.

“The weird suit guy isn’t important anymore,” Elder prodded the Operative with one of his new claws, “What matters now is we’re heading into a trainer battle, just like how we fought the weird suit guy.”

“Of course,” Operative and Suros muttered thoughtfully.

Radegast checked his pockets to find that harmonica again, “Oh good, it didn’t get damaged,” he grinned before playing a few notes. The Seel, Crystal, hopped onto her end of the field. Rage sat grumpily at the edge. Oddly enough, he controlled his breathing with a rumbling snort like a didgeridoo. It appeared to be an incredibly unusual form of meditation.

“Now let’s see… who’ll be the third in this three-on-three match?” Radegast asked to Suros, Elder, and the Operative.

The Operative was about to hop up and down, when Elder pat a hand over the Joltik. “Let me think,” the Haunter paused as he put his mind to work, “Yes… That would be best, if I remember that other trainer’s loadout.” Elder removed the hand. “Operative, you’ll be with Rage and Crystal on this one.”

“Yes sir!” Operative barked.

“Whatever works with you guys,” Radegast smiled and returned to the harmonica. He walked over to the closest bench to his side of the arena and sat down.

"So. Now that that's out of the way...I never got your name." Touko looked inquisivitely at her soon to be opponent. A strong sea breeze kicked up, forcing her to put one hand on the bill of her cap and the other behind her back as she selected a starter. "Looks like you got your team all squared away, so here goes! Let's do it, Juggernaut!" A long, bipedal, yellow-bodied beast with black armor plates on its chest hit the field, with blood-red claws and menacing axe blades on either side of its head. If Radegast's team carried any Berries, the Haxorus's presence would be so overwhelming as to unnerve them out of being able to use them.

"This is going to be fun! I can't wait to see how you guys fight!"

"Oh yeah, name's Radegast," Radegast laughed awkwardly at mention of the name. "Parents, you know? Anyway..." Radegast began to pump a fist in the air and make a mock-deep voice as he chanted, "Let's fire it up! Fire it up! Fire it up!" At least, he did that before descending into laughter, joined by the Fletchling on his shoulder.

Luckily, or unluckily, Radegast's team never really put much effort into that sort of preparation. None of them have any hold items to speak of, let alone berries. Elder, the Haunter, sized up the enormous creature. "This... looks like a dragon," he muttered. The Seel seemed to come to that same conclusion, and stood up on her tail. She waved both fins like a bird's wings, and a billowing cold emitted from seemingly nowhere. Crystal had summoned an Icy Wind.

Touko flinched from the wintry gust, but the Haxorus liked it even less. Red eyes were squeezed shut, but the chill still left its mark. "Crap. There goes our original plan. Go right for the dome, Juggernaut! Use Earthquake!" The beast howled and stomped the ground, bringing its tremendous power to bear from underneath and rocking Crystal back and forth by shaking the very earth she was on. Just imagine how much it would hurt if he actually closed in...so this was the power of the legendary Trainer! "Oh, how rude of me to not return the favor. Some call me Hilda...but I'm Emiko Touko!"

Elder hovered over to the arena where Crystal lay. She had scrapes and bumps all over from being thrown around by the shaking arena floor. That nasty ground-type attack really did a number on the Seel. "Dude, you got owned," Elder grinned.

"Up yours, friend." Crystal winced.

"Come on, let's get you to the side-lines," Elder picked up the Seel with his claws to carry her out of bounds. "These hands are really the best things ever."

Rage's eyes were closed as he performed that... very unusual meditation, so he failed to notice that the Operative hopped to take the next spot. Silently, the Joltik considered her options on the battlefield.

"We can't let up, Juggernaut!" Touko cried, recognizing the frailty of the Joltik. "Earthquake again!" Hey, if something worked, why the hell not? Again the ground roared to life, responding to the will of Touko and Haxorus to ruin the electric spider's day. "Just because this is for fun doesn't mean I was going to hold back, after all!" A somewhat cocky tip of the hat to Radegast, and a lick of the lips. She could already taste that Casteliacone~ Such a delectable soft-serve treat~ plus they came in 12-packs!

The human paused his harmonica playing when he heard Touko's voice. "Yeah, probably," he grinned, "But you know what they say, misery builds character... I'm not sure how that relates to this, though." The Joltik's much smaller and much lighter form allowed her to bounce rather harmlessly, like how a spider can fall from a six-foot height or more and scamper away like nothing happened. The tiny bug's eyes glinted with an uncharacteristic savagery. From her mandibles, the Joltik fired off an immense amount of sticky silk to entangle the large foe. The speed reduction would but the Joltik a good amount of time to get a powerful move out. Radegast returned to his harmonica, while Elder chuckled in amusement.

Crap. Not good. Joltik was too small to be meaningfully affected by that, and it was getting really hard for the Haxorus to move and fight effectively. "Juggernaut, that's enough! Come back!" Touko smiled. She may have underestimated this one after all...actually forcing a switch. "Let's go, Volcarona!" The Pokémon she had met deep under the sands north of Castelia City now seemed to radiate the heat of the sun onto the battlefield just by its presence alone as its six wings kept a bulbous red, white and blue body aloft.

The Operative did not hesitate this time. Once more she fired off an enormous amount of webbing. However, something was off about this silk. The strands were indeed sticky, but some form of energy emitted from the web. An Electroweb! The Joltik ensured that she'd envelop not only the target pokemon, but a good chunk of the arena as well. "Uh-oh... Sir! Does that constitute as a trap?"

"Hey, it's free game if you're up to bat, dude." Radegast seemed to figure out why the Joltik turned her gaze away from the fight.

A high-pitched, keening whine went up as Volcarona got switched right into it. "Hang on, Volcarona! We can still do this! Use Psychic!" The moth's whole body seemed to glow with power, before releasing it in a strong telekinetic burst that squeezed Operative like a hand against a counter, followed by a few fly-swatters for good measure. Despite the setbacks, Touko still seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself. Nowhere near the outrage she had against the Grimsley impersonator...he would NEVER use non-dark Pokémon, after all. That wasn't his style. But where they got the legendaries was concerning in itself.

"Medic!" the Operative chirped. Elder immediately responded, and peeled the small bug off of the pavement. Elder lay the injured Joltik on top of his head before returning to the sidelines. Everyone save for Radegast glanced at the Mankey, still sitting still and droning in that rumbling buzz.

"Dude," Radegast called to Rage.

"WHAT!?" The Mankey flared up almost instantly. "MY MIND IS CLEAR! WHAT HAPPENED? HAS FRIEND-CRYSTAL BEEN DEFEATED YET?!"

"Yes," Elder replied, "And the Operative as well."

"NOOO I WAS MEANT TO GO SECOND!" Rage bellowed as he hopped to his feet and savagely stamped the ground. "NUUUUUAUAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGHHHH! I WILL NOT LOSE! I WILL AVENGE MY FRIENDS! NO ONE DESTROYS MY FRIENDS EXCEPT FOR MEEE!!!" The Mankey glared at the Volcarona. "YOU! YOU MUST BE THE THING THAT BEAT FRIEND-OPERATIVE! VENGEANCE WILL BE MINE!!!" The Mankey burst forward in a shocking burst of speed... At least, shocking for a small monkey like Mankey... which is to say it's not an overwhelming amount of speed. Between the speed reduction by the electrowebbing and the Mankey's enraged disregard for his own safety, it wouldn't be too difficult for the Mankey to close the distance and get a good grip on the creature. "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!" Rage emitted an intense war cry as he rose a free fist and brought it down in a Karate Chop.

"You know, if I didn't know any better, I'd say you actually knew what your Pokémon were saying," Touko smiled over at Radegast. "It's really interesting...or do you just know each other that well?" Back to the fight, Rage's endless fighting spirit did him credit, but two things did him in. One, Volcarona's resistance to Fighting attacks, and two, the Flame Body that heated up the arena earlier. Rage would suffer a nasty burn just from coming into contact with the fire-bug. "Let's finish this! Volcarona, use Psychic again!" Sure, there were much flashier ways to finish it, but that's how won matches were lost--by taking unnecessary risks.

"SON OF A BITCH!" Rage screeched as the burn was inflicted on his hands. He was then hit by an unprecedented pain, a pain that affected his body as well as his mind. The Mankey was launched across the arena, rolled across the floor, and lay still.

Radegast paused in his harmonica playing. "I guess that would be telling," he replied simply.

Thump... One of the Mankey's fists punched the ground. The second repeated the same action. With both fists pushing down, Rage brought himself back onto his feet. The Mankey's eyes' flickered and twitched, and his stance wobbled slightly... But then he shook his head and stamped the ground. "A COMMENDABLE EFFORT! EVENTUALLY ALL WILL BE CONSUMED BY THE FIRES OF RAGE!"

"Yo, you're not in a good shape to fight anymore, dude" Radegast called.

"I BEG TO DIFFER-" The Mankey dropped to the ground again, once more covering his face. "FUB!!"

Radegast laughed, "Come on, buddy. Let's get you guys patched up."

Elder carried the Operative and Crystal over to the bench, and returned to the arena to fetch Rage. When the ghost reached to lift up the Mankey, Rage once more pushed himself back up. "IT WAS A SIMPLE HEAD RUSH! I AM PERFECTLY FINE! EVERYTHING DOES NOT HURT!" The ghost-type still found himself supporting the Mankey as they reached Radegast together. The trainer had produced a few potions from a bag on his belt, and was applying the healing spray to each injured member of the team. The trainer had also put the harmonica away.

Once everyone was healed up, Radegast stood up and let everyone else rest on the bench. He jammed his hands back into the pockets of his hoodie and walked up to Touko. "Yup, misery builds character, don't it?" he grinned, "Good fight, Touko... or would you prefer I call you Hilda or Emiko?"

"Touko works. It's what Shirona-senpai called me when we met in Undella. That...was probably one of the most difficult battles of my life. Just, bam, regional champion out of nowhere, you know?" A big smile as Volcarona was returned. "You guys fought really hard. Let's go get those cones now...your treat, since you lost."

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“Dude, Touko, I already said it was my treat. I guess that’s an easy payout for me then,” Radegast shrugged and laughed heartily. His good hand shot up to his shoulder to prevent it from slipping out again as he laughed. The human then turn turned to the group and barked, “Pizza and cones on me! … Wait,” Radegast glanced back to Touko, “You said the cone place was on the mainland, right?”

“Does that mean we’re taking a boat again?” Elder sighed and grumbled as Rage, Crystal, and the Operative whooped in their own ways and let themselves back into the pokeballs on Radegast’s belt, “Stupid boat rules…”

“Hey no worries buddy,” Radegast replied, “If we are taking a boat, it’s just two minutes for boarding, two minutes for stepping off. Easy-peasy. It’s not like you’re wasting your life, eh?” Radegast prodded the suddenly silent Haunter in the forehead. “Ehh? Come on, that was a good one.”

Elder stared at Radegast with a blank expression for a good few seconds. “… Yeah…” Elder slowly grinned once more as he gleefully stared at his new hands, “But then again, I imagine I can get up to some good fun this time around.”

“Eh, he’ll be fine,” Radegast waved a hand half-heartedly to reassure Touko, “As for you, Suros,” he prodded the Fletchling in the side of the head. “You got the joke, right? Riiiight?” The Fletchling’s face emerged from under a wing. She was not impressed. ”I’ve got skills, what can I say?” Radegast grinned. “Anyway, let’s head to this ice cream and pizza place! … Wherever it is!”

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"All right, Radegast, here we are. Let's try not to get in the way of any crazy people in the streets...ah, here we go. Follow me." Touko led her companion around the boulevard facing the sea before taking a turn into the concrete jungle. Soon a long line of would-be customers came into view. "Ah, they're in stock today! Excellent! Let's get in line and hope there's enough for us...and with a face like mine, there freaking better be~" The presence of a Champion opened many doors, to be sure.

Elder hanged by Radegast’s side. The Haunter eyed the skyscrapers suspiciously, as if something about their design bothered the ghost. He evidently did not enjoy the two minutes of waiting inside a pokeball while on the boat. “Lord-Regent, these structures seem oddly vulnerable, and the sheer size would make that vulnerability catastrophic if exploited."

“Not a fan of skyscrapers, Elder?” Radegast queried as he followed Touko with his relaxed, laid-back gait. He then spotted the lineup indicated by the girl he accompanied. “Heh, must be an excellent place if it’s got a lineup like this,” he added to Touko.

"What's up? Never seen towers like these before? There's only so much land space to work with, and digging is hard, so the only direction left to go is up," Touko explained to Radegast and his seemingly bewildered companion. "You fought pretty well, though. They sell these by the dozen, so there's enough for us and our teams." Finally she stepped up to the food truck counter, who seemed suitably impressed at the presence of a Champion.

"Twelve Casteliacones, please." "Y-yes...six hundred Pokédollar, please!" That was just a few small bills out of her electronic wallet, and the machine went to work. "You have to taste it fresh out of the mixer, that's when it's best." The first of the batch would go to Radegast for him to share with Elder, and so on down the line. Everyone who battled would get one, and a few left over were put in a small tub, tightly sealed for convenience. "Have a great day, champ!"

Radegast produced a wallet from the pouch on his belt. From the wallet, he produced six bills. He then prodded each of the four other pokeballs on his belt to inform the rest of the crew that they had arrived for ice cream. It was then that he noticed Touko had paid for the cones with her electronic wallet. “Wait, I thought I was forking over for the cones?” He offered to hand Touko the bills.

Rage was the first to emerge. “BRING THY CHALLENGE TO MY TASTE BUDS, FRIEND-RADEGAST, SO I MAY CONQUER IT WITH INFINITE HASTE!”

“Here ya go buddy, don’t eat it too fast now, you hear?” Radegast handed Rage a cone.

“I SEE NO REASON TO NOT EAT THESE EDIBLE ITEMS QUICKLY! I WILL NOT BE STOPPED BY MERE CONES SHAPED LIKE WEAK CREATURES- OOH! AUGH! THIS CONE FIGHTS BACK! I FEEL A DEEP CHILL IN MY MIND!”

“Told ya, bud. That’s a brain freeze for ya,” Radegast chuckled as he handed two cones to Elder, and one more to Crystal. The Operative hopped onto one of Elder’s hands and happily ate one of the cones. Radegast shared his own with Suros.

"That was the deal, yes. But it's always handy to have some pocket change, you know?" Touko purred, as once again her plan had worked to perfection. "Your Mankey does seem to rush into things, doesn't he? I'd suggest you take the Gym challenge. If you manage to beat Burgh, your guys should trust you enough to obey your commands all the way to level 40 or so. Levels are just an approximation of a Pokemon's overall strength and experience, though...I've seen some strategies that rely on using low-level monsters to take what should be one-hit knockouts and hit right back. But I'm rambling." A cone for Volcarona, who used psychic power to hold it in place as the bug lapped at it, quickly melting the thing from its intense heat, while Touko savored a chocolate-flavored specimen. "You're strong, but I think you can get even stronger."

“Ah, I getcha,” Radegast gladly handed Touko the bills. In response to the quip about Rage, he replied, “That’s his way.”

At mention of taking the gym challenge and commands, the group fell deathly silent. Radegast’s face seemed suddenly deprived of all emotion. Even Rage was given pause part-way through another large bite from his cone. “Well, that sort of thing is cool for trainers,” Radegast chimed, suddenly breaking the awkward silence. He turned to the others and asked, “Did you guys want to take on this Burgh guy?”

“This wouldn’t change anything?” Crystal asked. Radegast seemed to understand perfectly what Crystal was asking. He shook his head. The silence yet resumed as everyone seemed deep in thought.

"Did...did I strike a nerve? Forgive me," Touko bowed towards Radegast before going back to work on her cone. Haxorus got to enjoy a cold treat in a much more favorable context, as well. "It is a quick and dirty way to get stronger, though, but I get the feeling that that isn't your way, judging from how you reacted."

“Hey, no worries, Touko," Radegast grinned once more, "It’s like I said: we’re… unorthodox.”

"Speaking of unorthodox...you hear that the next block over? Sounds like some kind of block party." Touko's honed ears from spending lots of time in the urban landscape led her to pick out not only the Pokemon in the halls, but also the event that was gathering the attention of quite a few big wigs. Peering around a corner, Touko couldn't believe her eyes. "Oh. My. Arceus. It's Iris. Grand Champion Iris...the leader of the Pokémon Nation! Just a few years ago she was another Gym Leader...what the HELL is going on?"

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Radegast’s ears perked up as Touko mentioned it. “Something troublesome I imagine,” he said immediately before Touko explained who Iris was. He too followed Touko to the corner to peer around. The girl, Iris, appeared to be a young, dark-skinned girl. She appeared younger than the human Radegast, even. Champion? Radegast wondered. She must be very talented with these modern duels. “Ah, someONE troublesome.” He grinned. The grin faded quickly as he realised he was jumping to conclusions. "Or wait, is she troublesome?" He asked Touko, “Then again, being a Champion I imagine she’s trouble for someone somewhere. I’m not even a pro trainer and I’m a thorn in the sides of some people,” he laughed.

Elder too chuckled, being the source of Radegast’s first official enemies. As the crew finished their cones, each of them returned to their respective balls to rest. Due to the sugar of the ice cream, however, Rage accidentally entered the ball Crystal had been using. Undeterred, the Seel entered the ball the Mankey had been using. It would’ve taken an immense amount of focus for anyone to notice this unusual swapping of pokeballs amidst the presence of an apparent champion, however.

One of Suros’ eyes unveiled from beneath a wing. She silently judged the girl, who appeared closer to the Lord-Regent’s age than Touko was.

Radegast noticed the daggers Suros was staring into the small-ish girl. “O' Beware, my lord, of jealousy," He whispered to Suros, "It is the green-eyed monster that doth mock the meat it feeds on,” He smirked and nudged a finger playfully on Suros’ head. The Fletchling chirped happily.

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Suddenly, a massive beam of light shot into the sky a ways off the coast of Castelia City. Despite the time of day, the beam shone through the blue sky, pulsing with energy. Many citizens stopped and stared at this light, as it was rather impossible to miss. Some people wondered if it was the work of their recent alien inhabitants. Others hypothesized it was a battle of epic proportions. Yet, one fact couldn't be ignored.

It was coming from the Pokemon Trainer Academy.

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“What the…?” Radegast caught sight of an unusually enormous ray of light emitting from far off the coast. Radegast knew the location of origin, for he was recently there. “Yo, I’m gonna go check that out, thanks for the ice cream, dude!”

Ignoring the situation with the VIP, as the boy was prone to do, Radegast bid farewell to Touko and took a stroll toward the shipyard. He did not run because he still had a cone in his hand. Most everyone else did too. The team followed at a brisk, but comfortable pace. Most of the team had finished their cones already. Before anyone could move to re-enter their respective pokeballs, the Seel cleared her throat.

“I do wish to get stronger, though,” Crystal said, “Perhaps defeating this Burgh fellow would benefit us as a whole.”

“THE DEFEAT AT THOSE POWERFUL FOES TAUGHT ME YET ANOTHER LESSON IN HUMILITY,” Rage added.

“Which will stick with you until the end of the day,” Suros chirped from on top of Radegast’s shoulder..

“I DO NOT REGRET THAT FACT!”

“Still,” Radegast continued, “If you guys are down for taking on a Gym, that means more battles like this past one and the man in the weird suit.”

“I would be perfectly fine with more opportunities to claim military victories!” The Operative barked.

“This one-on-one stuff is really negating our style, though…” Suros groaned.

Radegast stroked Suros’ head gently. “I’ll take your reply as a reluctant “yes” then. How about you?” he directed this question to Elder. For all the time of pondering, the ghost was the only one who had yet to speak on the matter. “Hey, take your time. Got a quick boat ride ahead of us.”

Elder reluctantly entered his pokeball as Radegast finished his cone. The human licked his fingers and wiped his hand off his hoodie before jogging up the boarding ramp for a ferry about to make the trip to the PTA.

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“I would not wish to force you to give commands, Lord-Regent,” Elder eventually replied, “That being said, we must get stronger so we may overcome any obstacle we may come across on our travels and quests we may undertake in the future... like this one.”

Radegast hummed as his foot tamped down on the stone dock. He had just left the boat in the port of Oak Town. Washed over with an unsurprising feeling of deja vu, Radegast rubbed his temples and shook his head. “Sounds like it's unanimous. I guess I’ll need to get stronger as well. We are equals, after all, my friend.”

By the time they landed, the beam very likely had dissipated. Citizens throughout Oak Town still kept their gaze fixed on the area where the beam once was. It did not take the human long to get decent directions. Apparently the laser emitted from the general direction of the Northern side of the island. “What are you even thinking?” one citizen had growled, criticizing Radegast’s young apparent inexperience. “Especially with that arm like that? It's too dangerous for you.”

"I've been through worse," That’s where the adventure is, Radegast laughed in response to the critique. To the Haunter at his side, Radegast said, “Shall we?” Elder was more than happy to break out at full speed alongside Radegast- who finally decided to jog. Despite his rather pudgey build, it was clear that he was no stranger to running. He kept one hand lightly cupped over his relocated shoulder to prevent it bouncing and potentially dislocating again. He couldn’t afford to miss out on this unusual laser event. The mere thought of missing out on something so cool was utterly unfeasible to the human.

The duo eventually left the perimeter of Oak Town, followed by cries of concern from citizens who only saw Radegast for the sling he wore. “Besides,” Radegast muttered, more to Elder than anyone, “Someone could be in trouble. I’d hate a repeat of the Dam.”

Elder stole a look at Radegast's hand. It was impossible to see unless one was up close, but the knuckles were indeed scarred. Elder's gaze met Radegast's briefly. "What did happen when you met Operative?"

"That's classified," Radegast guessed Elder's question when he caught the look at his uncovered, scarred hand.

"I'll keep asking until you tell," Elder grinned, "You know that, right?"

Radegast grinned. "It's still classified," he chuckled.

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Swooping in on a mighty black dragon, Touko was quick to join Radegast. "You, stay back. I got hurt like that once...errant Mach Punch. I got cute and didn't have my Pokémon where it could protect me during a battle, and paid the price. Anywhere else, and I wouldn't be standing here today. You head for the infirmary and get that wrapped up. I'll take the laser. Whatever the hell happened here, I'm going to find out. Anything that strong is a threat to this world and possibly worlds beyond, and nobody gets this powerful without having a plan to use that power. Let's go, Zekrom! For a world free of fear!"

And off Touko went, headlong into another adventure!

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Tag was the first one to arrive on the northern portion of the island. With his Power Boots on, Tag could travel twice as fast as he normally would be able to. And he was already faster than anyone else in the group. Sarik took second, using the Power Scope to look around and find any signs of life, be it good or evil. Crimson was next, wielding the Power Bat in front of him ready to strike out. Pert and Dobro covered the rear, looking behind them for a potential ambush. Domingo had stayed behind to watch Meryl.

It was honestly a good team variety, Crimson realized as he kept an eye on Sarik to keep him from being surprise attacked while he was looking through the scope. The group had a lot of type variety. This meant a whole slew of attacks of all types could bombard anyone who dared to fight them. That's what Crimson wanted to prepare for. He knew the beam wasn't shot in the air randomly. It was a beacon...a beacon only their group understood the meaning of.

They reached the edge of the forest, walking into a small hilly area. The ground rose up slantwise the closer they got to the sea, which was churning. The wind ripped through the swaying grass. It wasn't cloudy, but the white puffy water particles above them sure did move faster thanks to the wind. The edge of the grass dropped off to a small beach far below, revealing itself as a cliff interface. It wasn't the most comforting heights to be seen.

Tag was running back to Crimson, "Nothing to report here!" he shouted over the wind.

Crimson nodded to him before looking at Sarik, who was eyeing the trees, "How's it looking around us?"

"Nobody," Sarik called back, giving the canopy of the forest one more scan before lowering the scope, "Whoever fired the Master Blaster is either really good at hiding or they fled after firing the shot."

"Nobody would run," Crimson said, glancing at Tag, "Not while holding a weapon like that. We were led here by it."

"But why?" Pert asked.

"I don't know yet, but it can't be good," Crimson shifted his gaze around. The fact that nobody was around yet made him anxious.

Dobro pointed at the sky, "What's that?" The others turned in that direction.

A black dot in the sky was slowly getting larger as it presumably got closer. Sarik pulled out the Power Scope and zoomed in on it, trying to figure out what it was. A moment later, he gasped, "It's a Zekrom!"

"A Zekrom?" Tag looked up at the dot with confusion, "Zekrom did this?"

"I don't think so," Sarik refuted as he continued to watch it, "This was a Master Blaster for sure. Zekrom wouldn't have the power to produce such a mighty blast."

That was one of the details that stuck out to Crimson. The Master Blaster didn't look nearly as big before when Neeko had used it on Crimson for more than one occasion. It was obviously improved and packed a massive punch. Crimson was sure it would kill any Pokemon it hit...any Pokemon. He was even sure a Pokemon like Zekrom and Yvelta weren't immune to it. The thought of such a powerful weapon existing frightened Crimson to the core. They had to destroy it...now.

"Wait, someone's riding the Zekrom!" Sarik pointed out as the Zekrom took it's landing to a position not terribly far south from their current position, "It's the one trainer lady with the brown hair and pink hat!"

"Touko..." Crimson recalled instantly, "Then that's definite proof it wasn't Zekrom. She's likely here to investigate, just like we are."

"Should I hide?" Dobro asked. Crimson turned to look at him with a thoughtful expression. Dobro and Touko didn't exactly start off on the right foot...

"No, I need you," Crimson told him, "You're the only Dark-Type besides myself when I want to be. If this is Neeko again, then he has an army of Psychic-Types behind him. You have the type advantage there. Touko will just have to put her differences aside."

"It's not just Touko," Sarik called out again, keeping an eye on the are where the Zekrom landed, "Radegast is there too."

"Excellent," Crimson noted, "The more the merrier. We could use a tiny army-"

Suddenly, a loud bark came from the forest, "Hey! Does that include us?!"

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“Oh, this?” Radegast indicated the sling as he called back to Touko. “This is nothing!”

As he picked up the pace from a jog to a sprint, he watched the Zekrom take point in investigating the unusual sky-beam. He thought about why Suros didn’t like to fly. He never really minded it at-first, but now he couldn’t help but wonder if there was something about flying that the lazy Fletchling didn’t like.

Elder laughed and whooped after the massive Zekrom as the ghost hovered a couple of paces ahead of Radegast. The Haunter eventually caught up with the Zekrom once it landed. The hilly area broke off at a cliff side leading down to a beach head. The Haunter made note of the highly defensible position, and wondered why the user of that incredible beam did not set up any kind of fortification… At least, any obvious fortification. “I’ve never seen such a display of raw power before. Rage was actually impressed!” the Ghost said to the Zekrom more than anyone else.

“ONL-(LY MILDLY)” Rage had exited his pokeball just in time to deliver the retort. His retort was cut shockingly short when Crystal covered Rage’s mouth with a thick fin. “(WHO DARES!?!)” Rage’s muffled cry did not travel far.

“Ssh!” Crystal hissed. “We don’t know what caused that beam, but we don’t want to reveal our position." Rage’s eye twitched in annoyance, but he eventually nodded.

The normally lazy Suros even approached… though not without apprehension. “Was that what I thought it was…?”

“Suros?” Elder turned, as did the others. “Do you know something?”

The Operative’s eyes examined the Fletchling closely, as did Elder’s critical gaze. If Rage and Crystal were worried, they did a good job hiding that worry.

“Well, it could be an entirely unrelated beam of energy,” Suros reassured, “I thought…”

“Hey… no worries… dude,” Radegast panted as he approached with a slow walk, “Whatever we face… we face… together… man I’m so out of shape.”

Out of shape? Crystal thought, You ran non-stop from the human settlement.

Suros seemed to relax immediately at these words. Elder, however, did not seem convinced. “Kinda hard to say that when you’re wearing a sling. Unless you know something we don’t?” Elder grinned as he stole a glance at the Operative.

“That’s classified,” Radegast and the Operative robotically replied in unison, though Radegast’s free hand twitched ever-so slightly. “Anyway, Touko... what do you think? Rogue Legendary? Super weapon? Ancient prophecy- or wait, that's usually the same as a rogue legendary...”

It was then that Elder spotted the other wildlings. The Haunter waved, as calling out loud was deemed not an option. Elder approached the group. “Well-met,” He said when he was within ear-shot. He was close enough that his voice wouldn’t be too drowned-out by the rushing wind.

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  1. Just one clarification. The Master Blaster is a...we'll say cannon for now. The light has faded as of this point. You don't need to change anything in the post, but just wanted to let you know that the light is gone.

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"In that case, watch my rear while I go on ahead," barked Touko to Radegast. "I don't believe in rogue legendary Pokémon. They're always exactly where they mean to be, we just don't know what they're up to yet." A friendly pat on her dragon's neck, which was returned with a surge of the distinctive smell of ozone.

Sharp eyes darted to Elder the Haunter as it waved to something in the bushes. The glint of sunlight off of a lens...there were Pokémon there. Hmm...the same ones from before. Maybe they were here to investigate as well...they seemed like a well-ordered and disciplined lot. Now that she knew what to look for and where, shapes started coming together. Chimchar. Turtwig. Squirtle. Plusle and Minun. And that lumbering oaf Pangoro from before. A well-disciplined and organized group that covered many different types, each with a defined role and responsibility much like how good Trainers assembled their teams. Hopefully sheer numbers could cover their relative lack of individual strength. The threat up ahead would require her incredible power to face head-on. Whatever tried to circle around behind would have to get through Radegast and the team of ferals, which was certain to be a long ordeal and buy her as much time as possible.

"Radegast. I'm counting on you here. There are friendly wild Pokémon in the area. I'm going after whatever's up on the ridge. I want them to come at me with everything they've got. If something tries to ambush me, you and your friends need to let me know, and buy me as much time as you can if you can't outright defeat it. I'm going on ahead to teach that thing a lesson about what happens to people that want to take over the world."

That was the main difference. She didn't want to rule the world and issue decrees from on high. She just wanted to change the hearts and minds of others so that they would act in accordance with her ideology that Pokémon and humans need not fear one another. That being said, being Unova Champion did come with pretty much everything a young woman could want...but first things first. "Let's go, Zekrom! Onward, towards the light!"

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The suddenness of the voice that came from the forest made everyone in Crimson's group jump. They hadn't expected it. Crimson turned towards the direction the sound came from, spotting a form walking towards them. And then it all made sense. Crimson had recognized the voice and now seeing the Pokemon who possessed it, he felt rather foolish for letting it get to him.

"Am I ever so glad to see you, Pounce!" Crimson grinned.

The Houndoom's walk turned into a trot as he closed the distance between them, "Yeah, well I am pretty great, aren't I?" Several Pokemon rolled their eyes.

"Curb the pride, will you?" came a softer, yet just as menacing voice right behind him. They didn't even have to look behind Pounce to know it was Gova emerging from the shadow of a swaying tree. The Greninja held a reserved stance as her eyes shot daggers towards her partner. Pounce gave an overconfident look back.

"What? Can't handle it?" Pounce flicked his tail.

"Not the time nor the place for it," Gova replied cooly, shutting up Pounce as she walked past him and made eye contact with Crimson, "You saw it?"

"Who didn't?" Crimson gestured towards the group of Pokemon Radegast "held the reins on", so to speak, "They're allies, by the way. "

"I figured," she snorted, "You would've taken care of them by now had they been enemies." She approached them, eyeing down the Haunter, "Hope you can fight decently enough."

Normally, Crimson would be a bit disapproving about the way Gova greeted them, but this time..."She's right," he told Elder, "If you're on board with helping up, we'd appreciate it. But this won't be a typical battle...nor will it be easy. He glanced over towards Tag with a reminiscent look in his eye, "This fight will be dangerous. Lethal if you're not careful. That goes for all of you, by the way."

"Crimson, do you know who fired the Master Blaster?" Gova turned back to him, "Was it Neeko?"

"I doubt it," Crimson sighed, placing his hand against his forehead in deep thought, "He's changed since I saved his life. Dr. Benson as well, since I changed his. I don't think either of them could've gotten here."

Pounce shrugged, "I don't think anyone from Mohka could've gotten here other than all of us. I mean how would they have snuck past us undetected? We all dropped in the same spot."

"That's what's confusing about the whole thing," Crimson was staring at the ground.

"What's Touko doing?" Sarik thought out loud, gathering the attention of Dobro and Tag.

"What's up?" Tag asked.

"She's flying towards the peninsula cliff area with her Zekrom," he reported, keeping an eye on her through the Power Scope.

"Was that where the beam was fired from?" Gova was suddenly there.

"I don't know. None of us were close enough to see exactly where." Sarik thought for a moment, "Although, that would be a good place to fire it...too perfect...what if she's running straight into a trap?!"

Crimson raised his head, "We have to warn her then! Tag, Gova, you two are the fastest! Get over there as quickly as you can!" He turned to Elder, "Anyone on your team that's fast should go with them. The Fletchling for sure...maybe the Joltik as well. But I'll let you decide who. Everyone else should stay together as a group and watch the forest to prevent an ambush from hitting us all."

Tag and Gova had already bolted, halfway to the peninsula.

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Radegast stuffed his free hand into his pocket and stood in that laid-back fashion as he always did. His eyes flickered an intense curiosity as he examined the surroundings with great deliberation. “People who take over the world… Heh,” Radegast turned to the Operative. “You got any plans, buddy?”

“The power source must be enormous,” the Operative clicked, “It’s unusual that there is no sign of a heavy trampling anywhere around the field… or prints at least.”

“That probably means it was either flown here, or sailed here,” Crystal added.

“Well, I know you guys will play to your strengths,” Radegast smiled, “I got some potions at the ready.”

A Greninja eyed Elder with a condescending gaze. Elder returned his signature critical gaze in turn. Thin, light, fast, flexible, but neither strong nor tough. It’s build indicates that it makes up for it’s weak strength with sheer speed. A ninja, like the species name suggests. A ninja is hardly a fitting class for an open-field encounter like this situation, though it was not without place. The tougher-looking Houndoom partner would work perfectly to compensate for that crippling overspecialization. The Haunter smirked and nodded his approval. “No worries, buddy. We can handle ourselves,” Elder replied. The Lord-Regent’s friends have, after all, experienced a comparable situation before… The Man in the Weird Suit.

“Anyone on your team that’s fast should go with them.”

Elder nodded at the recommendation for the fastest members of the team to go forward to warn Touko about a potential trap. The Operative was quick, to be sure, but Elder also considered the Joltik’s defensive applications, what with the electro-webbing she produces. “Rage, Suros,” Elder called.

Rage twitched repeatedly, evidently barely able to keep a lid on it.

“Either one, Touko may be walking into a trap. Move out to warn her.”

Rage and Suros stole a glance at each other. The Mankey (somehow silently) bolted down the hilly region at an intense pace. The Mankey was gaining on the Turtwig and the Greninja. Though a loud talk, the Mankey certainly could walk the walk. Suros did not make any motion to fly; she merely shrugged. “I kinda don’t wanna, but…”

Elder picked up the Operative and placed her on top of his Haunter head. “Crystal, you’re fast in your own right, but only in the water.”

“I gotcha,” Crystal replied professionally, “I’ll keep an eye on the Lord-Regent.”

“Honestly, I’d hate to split up like this,” Elder commented as the Haunter eyed the human’s sling, “If you didn’t dislocate your shoulder, everyone’d be able to go together.”

“Say no more, buddy,” Radegast removed and raised the free hand from his pocket. “I’ll come with you guys.”

“What?”

“Dude,” Radegast waved the hand, “I can handle myself even with this shoulder. Forget your own rules, eh, Elder?”

Elder blinked, and then nodded. “Wherever we go, we go together.”

“Still, we’re to watch Touko’s six,” the Operative chirped, “Onward, troops! Rendezvous with Rage!”

With Crystal carried over Radegast’s good shoulder, and Suros resting lazily on the sling, The team moved quickly after Touko. Radegast, Operative, and Elder in particular kept an eye out on the environment for any unusual details. After all, they’re to watch for an ambush, or any sneak attack meant for Touko.

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Touko couldn't hear the screams and shouts of those that wanted her to take a more measured approach. Nor was there time. After hearing about what happened in Kalos and triggering the whole robot rebellion in Anistar, there was no way a super-weapon like this could be allowed to exist. The longer a hero like her delayed, the more the world would suffer from its existence. She absolutely could not let it get off another shot.

Landing at the top of the cliff, still astride Zekrom, she gave her one and only warning to whatever awaited her. "OI! Whatever you've got there, you've got to shut it down! This thing is a danger to all life on this world, and possibly even worlds beyond! Who knows what's going to happen just from that test-fire a while ago! You must turn it off before innocent lives are taken by your megalomania!"

Wow, there was one heck of a word. Maybe hanging out with N had its benefits after all, she thought to herself with a smile before centering her thoughts on what lay before her. Probably a small army. Hopefully Zekrom's Teravolt wouldn't cause a malfunction and an even more catastrophic explosion. "Turn it down a bit, buddy. Save it for if and when we need to fight. Remember fighting that big bird earlier? This thing has just as much power to destroy. If things come to a battle, we've got to give it our all."

Zekrom flared its nostrils angrily and looked down at Touko as she dismounted, as if it already knew what Yveltal was capable of. It flexed its huge black claws, getting ready for the fight of its life...possibly as important as when it took on N's Reshiram head-on. "Drifter...Juggernaut...Volcarona..." Touko mumbled as she selected a lead. She preferred using Zekrom to clean up...maybe this time she could use its incredible power as a wall-breaker for the others to finish off with superior speed and coverage.

"All right. Let's do it," she nodded after writing a few things in her diary. Time to live up to the stories once again.

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  1. I would like to apologize to Law for invoking her PTSD when it comes to Zoroarks, but I had this character set up for months.

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"Like a moth to the flame," the Dark-Type sneered and pressed the button.

Immediately, a massive pink circle rose up from the ground around Touko. Before she could even be surprised, the pink circle shot up a barrier of sorts that stretched higher and higher until it formed together at an elevated position above the center of the peninsula. The result was a giant pink dome in which the elite trainer was enclosed in.

Meanwhile, a similar looking pink wall rose up at the point where the peninsula conjoined with the rest of the island. Tag, Gova, and Rage had just stepped on the peninsula when the wall began to rise. Meanwhile, the wall climbed higher and higher, definitely a daunting task for any Flying-Type. At the same time, it stretched outward, extending across the ocean quite a ways too. It would take a few minutes for any speedy Pidgey or Fletchling to reach the edge and another few minutes to get back.

Tag turned around rapidly, noticing the giant pink wall that hadn't been there a moment before. "Uh, guys..." he said hesitantly, unsure of what to do, "What is that?"

Crimson and the others, on the other side, were watching the wall expand outward, further and further. Confused as well, the group picked up the pace, Sarik hopping on Dobro's back so that they could travel faster while Pert hopped on Pounce's.

Tag quickly used Razor Leaf on the pink wall. The moment it hit contact, the wall made a bwooof! sound as the Razor Leaf stuck there. A wave of lighter pink spread across the wall, resulting from the impact the leaf had on it, like a ripple in the water. Gova approached it hesitantly, careful not to touch it.

"It's a barrier of some kind," Gova noted.

"Right you are!" a voice announced, causing everyone to turn towards the sound. Even so, the sense of dread in their stomach was ever so present as they recognized the theatrical tone behind it. There, standing in front of a bunch of tall grass were two Pokemon whom which no one wished to cross paths with. The one on the left was taller with dark fur minus a patch of deep red on it's head showcasing it's electric blue eyes that twinkled with an air of superiority. The other was shorter with white fur accented by deep purple with red eyes that simmered with hate.

Crimson and company had just reached the barrier to see the two appear. Crimson's eyes immediately narrowed, "Zane..." he growled.

"The one and only," the Zoroark replied, walking to the barrier. As he got closer, Crimson could see certain details he wasn't able to before. He wore a gold necklace with a black stone shaped like a diamond in the center. It seemed to emit a shadowy and seductive glow to it. He also had two bands on his wrists, one of which Crimson recognized as a PokeSpeak Translator, the other had a pink line that matched the color of the walls.

"And I do thank you for coming, by the way," Zane went on, looking down in the Chimchar with a patronizing stance, "You are the main guest, after all." He then turned around, walking back to the female Meowstic with his claws behind his back, "I do intend on ending you, just not yet. I need to get more..." he made a glance towards Touko as he went on, "Power. In the meantime, you can deal with my grunts." He clapped his hands together. On cue, the bushes around the Pokemon that were on the side of the barrier Crimson was on began to rustle. And then Pokemon of all Dark, Ghost, Poison, and Psychic varieties were around them, including Radegast and his Pokemon, minus a certain Mankey. They didn't hesitate to attack.

Crimson suddenly found himself leaping around a Muk while ducking under a Wing Attack by a Murkrow. Sarik used Iron Defense to immediately set himself up before charging into the fray. Pert, still riding Pounce, dove in as well. Dobro cracked knuckles and began thrashing Pokemon around left and right, trying to look for the Psychic ones.

That will keep them occupied long enough... Zane thought walking behind the Meowstic and appearing to eye Tag, Gova, and Rage on the other side of the barrier. "I hadn't anticipated you three making it here. Sonya, I intended for us to fight our trainer friend together, but it appears we need a little improv session. Will you take care of those three for me?"

Sonya's eyes glittered menacingly, "My pleasure." She stepped forward calmly, pulling out a baton with a blue sphere on the end. It fizzled with electricity. "So, let's see how long it takes to put a few weaklings in their place."

Zane had reached the barrier in which Touko was trapped in. He tapped a button on the PokeSpeak translator, turning it on. He then held a button on the pink band on the other wrist and walked forward...into and through the barrier. Smiling wickedly, he let go of the button when he was safely through and eyed the pink-capped brunette for the first time.

"Hello, there," Zane spoke, which would surprise Touko as she would realize she could understand what he was saying clearly, "I'm Zane. Would you like to make a lovely donation to our cause?"

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A barrier? Hard pink light slowly rose, albeit quick enough that the group with the human would not make it in time. Radegast had an idea to send at least one more over the barrier before it reached a height too high for even fliers, but he would not be able to make it in time without having to take the extra time to put Crystal back on the ground. Rage, the Greninja, and the Turtwig were essentially trapped beyond the barrier. “You got this, buddy!” Radegast sincerely called over the barrier, unsure if sound waves could actually penetrate the hard energy. Rage blew a lot of hot air, but most of it was certainly not unfounded. The human was not worried.

Nor was he worried when he turned. Though if those beyond the barrier had been watching closely, for the smallest fraction of a second, the human’s eyes flashed an unsettling glaze. “Oh hey, we found the Zoroark!” Elder chimed towards Dobro as he pointed through the pink translucent barrier..

“Lord-Regent sir, we are engaged!” The Operative swiftly began weaving a generous amount of electrowebbing to sling at the incoming foes, “Contacts! Multiple contacts!” She flung the electrowebbing- which spread out in an encompassing netting. It caught a good chunk of pokemon to the immediate left, facing away from the portal. Crystal fired off a pulse of water that punched through the enemy ranks like a shotgun, sending foes away one at a time. For the ones Crystal couldn’t push back alone, Elder either Sucker Punched, or flashed a focused Confuse Ray to blind them before inflicting incredibly potent Toxic poison with his sharp, needle-like claws.

Radegast laughed, “It’s good to see you guys are enjoying yourselves,” he said rather calmly. In the midst of the chaos, he smiled and seemed to pretend not to notice that violence surrounded him. The Fletchling, Suros, flared up her feathers as her eyes held a murderous intensity, like a mother bear faced with a threat to her cubs. Silently she watched from the perch on Radegast’s sling. The human glanced down, saw this, and his smile faded ever-so-slightly. “You know… They say evolution happens when a creature needs something to survive,” Radegast calmly exposited, “In the case of Pokemon, it happens far more often, through exposure to particular elements, fighting, stones…”

The Fletchling flared a bright white.



Out on the road, travelling between towns, Radegast spotted a Fletchling laying on the grass at the side of the road. The bird was simply snoozing in the shade of a tree. It was not a safe place to be in, especially when there was a perfectly good tree looming above the Fletchling. Many a pokemon in the area would take advantage of the tiny bird snoozing somewhere that was not the canopy of a tree. Radegast sat down against another tree, across the path from the Fletshling. The human’s mere presence seemed to keep every other pokemon at bay. Elder hovered to the top of Radegast’s chosen tree and rested there.

The Fletchling eyed the human, who seemed to desire some shut-eye. The Ghastly up high seemed to be etching something into the branch with some kind of sliver of condensed gas. “You know,” Radegast said after a couple of hours, when the sky turned a deep orange and purple, “I think you got somethin’ goin’ there. It does feel great to just do nothing.” The Fletchling eyed the trainer, shifted closer, and eventually crossed the path to nestle against one of the human’s outstretched legs. “Heh… I think we can get along just fine.”

Elder chuckled, “Well, if you’re gonna hang with us, expect to be asked to do things… But only things that friends would do… You know? I mean, Radegast is technically a trainer… but then again, I’m technically a wildling.”

“I think I we can get along just fine,” the Fletchling echoed sleepily.

Elder blinked, and then he smiled. “I guess we’re stuck with you then. Heh… I’ll take first watch.”




“… But sometimes, it happens the old-fashioned-way.”

The white light vanished, and so did the Fletchling. Within the blink of an eye, the bird had completely vanished from her perch on Radegast’s recovering arm. A split-second later, a cone of sand blasted from the earth, sending particles into the eyes of many an attacker. A blazing, ungodly ferocious Fletchinder darted among the enemy ranks, delivering savage, STABbing, pecking blows. It was a sight to marvel at, if only one could manage to follow.

“It’s about time,” Elder whistled and chuckled as he sucker-punched a still-confused Psychic-type into unconsciousness.

Radegast reached for his pouch to get some potions ready in case he needed them. He had no doubt these attackers could use them after the battle was over.



Rage’s eyes widened in utter hatred as he watched the rather powerful barrier form, cutting him, the Turtwig, and the Greninja off from the others. The last clear image he saw was Radegast’s relaxed eyes and easy smile.

“You got this, buddy!” Radegast’s voice reached the Mankey’s ears right before the barrier fully formed.

“OOORAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! YOUR TOY WILL BE SUNDERED AT THE MOLECULAR LEVEL WHEN I AM THROUGH WITH IT!!!! YOU DARE SEPARATE ME FROM FRIEND-RADEGAST!? YOU KNOW NOT THE POWER YOU CRAVE SWEET RELEASE FROM!!!!!” Rage’s anger-induced twitching became more and more intense, to the point where he appeared almost blurry- Constant, twitch-speed movement. “AN ELECTRICITY-STICK, CLEARLY A WEAPON, NAY, A CRUTCH!!!! THE TRULY STRONG RESORTS NOT TO PUNY TOYS, BUT THE BLAZING FURNACE OF THEIR BEING!!!! I WILL CRUSH YOU REGARDLESS OF TYPE, FOR THE EARTH AND SKIES, AND ALL THINGS KNOW THAT YOU ARE WEAK!!!!!!!!!” That being said, Rage stepped (or twitched? He almost seemed to blink) between the Mewostic and the Greninja. Rage’s eyes flamed to an untold wildness in a Leer that could probably unnerve even an Arceius.

The Greninja was a partially Dark-type, making her the most effective combatant against a psychic-type. Regardless of the Leer’s effectiveness, Rage thundered forward. His legs pounded the earth with the fury of a thousand malevolent gods. As he closed the distance, he zig-zagged his approach to both try to intimidate with his speed, and also make landing a long-ranged hit more difficult. After all, Rage definitely learned his lesson from that fight against Touko’s psychic-type. The most he could do is simply make the psychic-type’s aim more difficult. The Mankey’s hands shot forward. Rage intended to take the hit of, or at least swat the weapon out of the puny Meowstic’s paws. This strategy, if successful would leave the Meowstic extremely vulnerable to the Greninja.

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"Okay, hold up," Touko interrupted Zane. "First, it seems you have power enough to achieve whatever you set out to do. I saw that blast all the way from Castelia, and man, that was a long flight. You should know exactly where that is, being as your kind is native to Unova," she started in on the Zoroark. "Second, if you think I'm going to give anything to megalomaniacs like you, you're crazier than you look. And third, the only thing I'm going to give you is a righteous beatdown. I'm here to challenge you to a battle! If I win, you disassemble the cannon. If I somehow manage to lose, you'll let me go without any future consequence and I'll leave you alone. Nobody has to get hurt, it's just a friendly battle to determine the future of our world."

Practiced hands whipped out a Pokeball. "So, how about it? You too chicken to put your money where your mouth is?" The Zekrom behind her let out a battle cry, hinting at a raw power even Rage was likely to appreciate as the air smelled more and more of ozone. Determined eyes hid behind the pink brim of a trucker's cap as she pondered her first move. So the dude had all sorts of tech on his side. Zekrom would probably be the best choice with Teravolt to neutralize it, as much as she hated leading with it. Maybe Juggernaut...it had just enough bulk to survive a surprise attack while boosting, then it would have more then enough speed to keep up with its trickery and soften up Zane's team enough for Zekrom to clean up. Yes. He would do nicely.

"Make your move."

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The Zoroark chuckled at Touko's words. A friendly battle to determine the future of our world. "I'll have to use that one the next time someone wishes to oppose me," Zane told her as he started to walk around the edge of the pink dome, circling the trainer.

"Unova, you say? I've heard of the place, yet I'm not quite familiar with the terrain or layout. I've never been. In fact," his glance towards her and Zekrom was piercing, "I'm not even from this planet. Not technically, of course." he kept staring at Touko as he continued in his wide circle, "And I wasn't expecting you to give up anything voluntarily. Not yet. You need a little bit of convincing first." He checked his claws, rubbing them together and making sure they were still razor sharp before turning in a wide stance to face the brunette.

"I think I will take you up on that offer," Zane smiled, fangs popping out as he did, "But first, I'm a little bit outnumbered." He stretched his arms out wide, "See? I'm only me. And I'm to presume that an elite trainer like yourself has about five other allies to help you out. So I think I'll make the playing field a bit more even." With that, he put his paw to his amulet around his neck and rubbed the back of it. The black diamond stone pulsed with shadowy light while black smoke began to billow from the stone itself. Within a moment, the smoke shot forward, hitting Zekrom square in the face. The Zekrom would be surprised, then angry, and then...nothing would emote. It wouldn't matter what Touko said or commanded. Zekrom stepped forward, away from it's trainer, and walked toward Zane. It was hard to notice, given that Zekrom was the Deep Black Pokemon, but it had a ring around it's eyes...a familiar shadowy ring.

"You've encountered this amulet before," Zane smirked at Touko, "My first attempt at using it was yesterday. Remember? The little dispute between you and a certain Samurott over a specific Charmander. That attempt definitely didn't go as planned, but it did enlighten me to something better," he let the amulet rest on his chest while Zekrom turned around to face Touko as an enemy, not as an ally. "You see, that beam you saw earlier is powered by the energy Pokemon possess. And while the Charmander may have sufficed, I've stumbled across a better power source, once again thanks to you." He turned to his possessed companion as he said two words.

"Legendary Pokemon."




Sonya giggled at Rage went on his diatribe, "Good Arceus, you're even louder than Pounce is over there!" she motioned towards the Houndoom who was currently fending off a couple of Sableye, "In a feat of it's own, that's impressive."

She half-listened to the Mankey drone on and on about how she was going to be mince meat when he was done with him and that the weapon she carried was a sign of how weak she was and blah blah blah. She gave a patronizing look towards Rage and giggled, "Aw, dearie! Who needs brawn when you got brains? And a Psychic's brain is the best brain one could ever have!"

When Rage used Leer, the menacing look that Sonya received did jar her a bit. Despite her Tech advantage and her Type advantage, she could see right through the Mankey and know he was a rather powerful Pokemon. Not more powerful than me, she thought, but enough to make this fight more interesting. She felt her own power rise just a bit and knew that despite the Leer making her feel a bit insecure, she felt more power surge within her. Her Competitive spirit took over.

Tag took note of Rage's movements, deciding to move up with the Mankey. He ran along side the enraged being, copying the serpentine-like zig-zag that Rage was doing as he closed the distance. The Power Boots definitely helped, causing him to practically zip from place to place in a green blur. No range attack would do any good here.

Unfortunately, Sonya had no plans to use a ranged attack. She waited patiently, arms crossed until the Mankey lunged forward, aiming for the weapon. Tag also launched forward, intending to use a simple Tackle aimed at her legs. Sonya flicked a knob on her baton with her thumb, the crackling electricity fading away and replaced by a brownish glow. She pivoted with incredible timing, allowing Tag to slide underneath where she'd been previously while simultaneously grabbing the Mankey's neck, flinging herself over Rage. She then landed a stroke to the back of Rage's head with the handle of the weapon, which wouldn't hurt much. However, her quick counter would be followed up by a much quicker attack.

"Pathetic weakling," she muttered as she brought the baton down with a thundering crack! The earth around her rose up from the impact, Rage with it. It sent him airborne, allowing a cocky smile to form on Sonya's lips as she stepped forward, a few feet from where she hypothesized the Mankey was going to land. Tag flung a few Razor Leaves in her direction in desperation, but she brought the baton down again, raising the earth up in a small wall to block the sharpened projectiles with. And with precision, she used Psybeam...hitting Rage directly right before he impacted with the ground. A brilliant combo on her part as it would send Rage flying. It would be a pretty nasty hit, but who knew how resilient Rage was.

Still, he provided the distraction that was needed.

A sudden Dark Pulse hit Sonya in the back, causing her to cry out in shock as she realized who she'd forgotten. Turning around quickly, she saw Gova running at her with direct blinding speed rather than the dodgy approach Rage and Tag took. She coupled her first attack with Night Slash, a move Sonya couldn't bring her baton to block in time. She fell to the ground, panting in pain as Gova stood above her, charging up another Dark Pulse to finish the job.

And then Sonya struck, having quickly changing the Baton's settings back to the Lightning one it previously carried and smashing it into the Greninja's leg. "Gah!" Gova cried as she fell to her left knee from the abrupt strike. Sonya moved quickly, getting onto her feet and using Psychic on Gova, launching her near the edge of the peninsula. As a precaution, she used Future Sight and let loose a little bit of energy, which rose in the air and then disappeared.

Tag was then right behind her, attempting to use Giga Drain on her. But Sonya stepped back, grabbing Tag and used the Turtwig's momentum to toss him in front of her. Once more changing the knob setting on the baton to one of a simmering heat variety, she calmly walked forward and gave a mighty whack to Tag, watching the impact bring him to his knees. A burn was left on his side and Tag was clearly suffering from it. This pleased her, causing her to grab hold of Tag and force his head to look directly at hers. They were at eye level.

"No Crimson to save you now, is there?" she winked at him before raising her baton to give him a final blow that would surely knock him out.

Where was Rage?




"Yeah, no kidding!" You couldn't keep the dryness out of Dobro's tone as Elder told him where Zane was. However, the snarky comment enraged the Pangoro enough to throw the Scraggy he held far enough to where it was crashing into more oncoming Pokemon.

"Jeez, how many Pokemon did Zane recruit to his cause?!" Sarik glanced at Crimson as he said the question before looking down at the wave of Pokemon hurtling towards him. He decided that a quick Hydro Pump would take care of them, which it did. As the massive water blast cut through the trees in the forest, Pounce noticed and actually raised a brow in quizzical thought, "Huh, always forgets he knows how to do that," he told Pert, who was still on his back.

"Yeah, Sarik can pack a massive punch in that little body of his," Pert replied, sending a Shock Wave towards a Sneasel who tried to leap at the Plusle on Pounce's back. Pounce laughed as the Sneasel was sent back into a tree.

"Well, what did you think was gonna happen?!" Pounce shot at the downed creature before turning back to the action, " 'Scuse me...pardon me...better Pokemon coming through!"

Crimson glanced back through the pink barrier that separated him from his other teammates. He saw Zane and Touko on the other side, separated by their own little dome. He didn't have time to figure out what he was up to. He had to figure out how to break the barrier.

"Sarik, on me!" he called before running away from the fray, "Pounce, Pert, Dobro, Domingo, you guys got this for now!"

"Don't worry, you can count on us!" Domingo yelled back as Sarik retreated to Crimson's side. Anyone from Radegast's team who wished to help them joined the two as well.

"Alright, how do we shut down this barrier?" Crimson stared at Sarik. The Squirtle looked at the pink wall looming over them, approaching it.

"Hmm, well it appears to be made out of energy of some sort," he studied the surface further, "Likely won't hurt us when we touch it, but I'm not going to take that chance. Any way we can bust a hole through it?"

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“Does anyone know Brick Break?” Elder asked after he sent yet another flying with a well-placed Sucker Punch. The Haunter was the only one to form up with Crimson. "Because otherwise I'm willing to bet the power source is on the other side of it."

Crystal, Operative, and Suros continued tearing through the ranks with unexpected savagery. It was clear that this team was more used to squad battles rather than simple duels. They struck absolute terror in the hearts of those who dared oppose them. Operative with her cold professionalism, Crystal with her dark, emotionless gaze, Suros with the mama bear anger.

Radegast seemed to be paying more attention to the barrier than the battle erupting around him. He could manage to see the battle going on through the barrier. He saw Rage get sent flying with a ground-type attack directed from that baton, followed by a Psybeam in mid-air.

The human was silent… deathly silent… as he watched Rage get sent over the edge of the peninsula cliff. “You got this, buddy,” the human echoed as he stared at the Meowstic… or rather, the baton she carried. The human’s gaze held an uncharacteristic… something… something truly unnerving. His eyes held an unsettling air that not even Rage’s leer could accomplish.

Almost as quick as it came, Radegast’s eyes became relaxed and friendly. The human turned back to the fight, in time to see a Houndour pouncing towards him. With an easy smile and a more relaxed expression, Radegast leaned to the side, leaving nothing between the Houndour and the barrier. With nothing to stop it, the Dark-type face-planted against the barrier.



SLOPPY!

Rage’s hand held a vice-like grip on the first extended rock off of the cliff face. A ground-type move, followed by a psychic-type move. A MERE TOOL, A VERSATILE TOOL, BUT A TOOL NONETHELESS! Impressive attack placement, the Mankey had to admit… but they were too weak. The Meowstic is simply too weak. It was no wonder that it resorted to tools and weapons. It would not extinguish the flames- It cannot. Only the truly strong can snuff out the great engine of fury… Though that did not mean the attacks did not hurt. A GROUND-TYPE ATTACK TO KNOCK ME OFF-BALANCE, FOLLOWED WITH A SURE-HIT PSYBEAM! A WORTHY TACTIC!!! A CLEVER COMBINATION!!! FRIEND-RADEGAST AND FRIEND-ELDER WOULD HAVE APPROVED! Rage ached in a similar fashion to Touko’s psychic-type’s attacks. However, a single strike from that Champion’s Volcarona hurt far more than everything that Meowstic had just thrown at the Mankey.

BUT IT IS NOT THAT VOLCARONA! IT IS NOT… SUROS!!! The Mankey’s pain all but completely vanished as his fury returned in full. With a single tug, the Mankey threw himself back over the cliff edge. From his position, he saw that the Greninja was being pushed away with Psychic attacks… which otherwise do not affect or even harm Dark-types.

WEAK… AND STUPID, I SEE! Rage thought, but did not scream… not yet… The Meowstic was moving to land a finishing blow against the Turtwig ally. Ignoring the pain with every fibre of his being, (made easier with a combination of adrenaline and anger) the Mankey rapidly and silently closed the distance, and moved to wrap both arms around the Meowstic’s waist.

If both hands locked together, Rage would not give the Meowstic a chance to break free, for he would immediately lift, sending the pokemon into a German Suplex variant of the Seismic Toss. “OORRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!” He would shriek with as much gusto as before. The suplex would no-doubt send the Meowstic's head upon the tough cliffside ground.