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Melaine Diancie

An antagonistic Diancie that seeks to control Ruula as its Crown-Princess following her own corruption by powers unknown. With her jewels as dark as her heart is, her ambition knows no bounds.

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

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Pokémon are creatures of all shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. These are the Pokémon of Ruula.
The New Ruulan Empire is a newly founded nation located on Ruula and one of the two notable powers that be on the planet. It is an absolute monarchy ruled by a Crown-Princess who seeks to unite the planet under her sole dominion.

Description


Personal Details

Melaine is a Shadow Diancie that has Mega-Evolved, and so she looks different than a Diancie normally does.

She is a dark-purple, sylph-like Pokemon that has a black chest and arms that resemble a dress. She also possesses a headdress, which consists of purple crystals; the four short ones cresting along the top pointed upwards, and the two longer ones on each side of her head, pointed downwards, with an additional heart-cut centerpiece framed by her slim dark-purple ears. A smaller purple crystal is also embedded in the back of her head, from it two smaller gems grow at the bottom. A red nugget is embedded in her forehead, and she also has two ribbon-like structures that are growing from the two small gems on the back of her head, each tipped by two small floating rhomboid gems for each ribbon. Her eyes are black with pale-purple irises, and a red crescent circles her neck, with the ends of each being joined together by a rhomboid gem. A larger red crescent also circles her torso. Her lower body resembles a dress-like structure made of purple gems and a larger gem with red pieces supporting it. She is a beauty to behold, noble in design, but dark, and with malicious intent.

As a Shadow Pokemon, Melaine is cruel and closed off, with any good in her sealed behind pure malevolence. Her only desires are to rule the world (insofar as she knows it) and to conquer all she views as beneath her (that is, everyone and everything). She will attack anyone who opposes her and rewards those who are loyal to her. As a Mega-Evolved Pokemon, she has developed overwhelming aggression and has gained an immense will to see her goals through. With her royal demeanor and haughty nature intensified, she has become very vain and majestic, if not princess-like, in her attitude and speech. With both of these effects combined, her ambition truly knows no bounds.


Status

Level: 100+
Type: Rock/Fairy
Nature: ???
Characteristic: ???

OT: ??? | ID No.: ???


Ability

Shadow Princess - Melaine has several different Abilities and can inflict damage upon Pokemon of all types.


Moves

Melaine can use every Shadow move that is in existence.


Heart Gauge

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Other Capabilities

Diamond Form - Melaine can instantly create diamonds by compressing the carbon in the air around her, letting her create almost anything she wants out of them.

So begins...

Melaine Diancie's Story

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Very well then. We'll do this the hard way. I'll battle the lot of you. An experience no doubt to prove riveting for my own ends. I wonder how you'll react when you face defeat.




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You are challenged by SAM Director Nendal!


With an evil grin, he pulled his gloves tight and brandished a Poke Ball, tossing it forward.

Diancie. Take command. I am curious about our enemies.


In short order, the Poke Ball released a dark-purple, sylph-like Pokémon that had a black chest and arms that resembled a dress. It also had a headdress, which consisted of purple crystals; the four short ones cresting along the top pointing upwards, and two long ones on each side of its head, pointing downwards, with an additional diamond-cut centerpiece framed by its slim dark-purple ears. A smaller purple crystal was also embedded in the back of its head, and a red nugget was embedded in its forehead. Its eyes were black with pale-purple irises, and a red crescent circles its neck, with each end joined by a rhomboid gem. Its lower body resembled a large oblong chunk of stone, with a large purple crystal protruding from it.

Something immediately seemed off about the Diancie, aside from their general rarity, the chance of someone having one is astronomical. It almost seemed to have a malicious aura about it, and it looked quite cross expression-wise. At this time, Nendal reached for his Pencil using his right hand while a device unfolded and extended from his left wrist, transforming into a functioning Wonder Launcher. He seemed to already know what he was going to do.

The Diancie looked ready to rumble, and awaited Nendal's orders, and her would be opponents.

I'll fight all of you at once if you wish. Do not be concerned for my well-being. I can handle it, I assure you all.


He didn't care who was bearing witness to this event.

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The appearance of the Diancie was intriguing to those that recognized the rarity of said Pokemon. A few made gasps and awe-filled sounds as the Jewel Pokemon graced them with it's presence. But most weren't fazed by the creature and none of them recognized the strange, foul aura emanating from it. Those that had Pokemon to contend with brought them out, not by the enticing of the scientist, but rather to end this sooner rather than later. This was less about fair fights and more about preventing a law from being broken, after all.

There were seven different Pokemon in total to start out with: A Blitzle, a Panpour, a Throh, a Cinccino, a Swanna, a Klinklang, and a Mienshao, extending in the level range from around the twenties to around the fifties. The security personnel that were controlling the Pokemon hung back to issue commands and the like. But that wouldn't be the only issue to contend with.

Those that didn't have Pokemon to fight with barreled right past the Diancie and proceeded to bring down the scientist. Like blitzing the quarterback, a good five others surrounded Dr. Nendal in their U-shape and closed the gap rather quickly, attempting a multi-pronged tackle from each and every end they could think of.

Meanwhile, the assault on the Pokemon began at the same time, distracting it. The Blitzle took to striking first with Flame Charge. The Mienshao struck next with a closely followed Jump Kick. The Panpour and Swanna struck from afar with Water Gun and Air Slash, respectively. Throh Bulked Up and Klinklang Charged. Finally, the Cinccino placed in a Substitute to prevent status effects from being had.




From inside, the battle between the two imposing and important figures of the Unova Region continued. No one was really paying attention to the skirmish happening outside as the fight inside was definitely more interesting to them and had much larger implications on the future. Well...except for one individual whose job was to supervise any and all Ruula Grand Stadium happenstances that could happen at such an illustrious event. The duty naturally fell to her since she was the closest person with authority to the stadium to begin with. Even Iris performed most of her duties in the Ruulan capital of Castelia City.

"Elesa, there's a battle taking place outside the wall."

The Nimbasa City Gym Leader sighed in slight annoyance as she parted her perfectly trimmed bangs from her ear and held the radio she had up to it, "Is security present?"

"Yes ma'am, but this seems to be a more pressing issue than the surface may imply."

"How so?"

"The suspect has only one Pokemon out and is goading the security on the scene to attack him at once, but he's only got a Diancie out."

Elesa frowned, "Seems like he's fairly confident in his capabilities."

"More worrisome, however, is his intentions, which has something to do with Grand Champion Iris."

"What does he want with her?"

"He didn't say, but judging by his demeanor, it can't be good."

"Hmm..." Elesa thought for a moment, tapping her chin, before asking, "Do you guys think you can handle this and keep it a low-publicity incident?"

"We're not sure, ma'am. I'm afraid he might be holding back some kind of trump card if he's this confident to try and blaze past security."

Elesa nodded, "Alright. Give me a second. I'll be right over."

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Seeing the group of guards forgo Pokemon and rush at him instead, Nendal activated his Pencil.
Now, let's begin the experiment. Diancie, just as we practiced.


Yes. As we practiced... I am Diancie, princess of the dark! Bow before me, or be shrouded unending!


The words were spoken by telepathy to all those nearby, and immediately, a glow began emanating from the Diancie's centerpiece gem, enveloping its form in a mystical veil that began changing its form. When the glow faded, a new Pokemon stood in the Diancie's place, though it looked incredibly similar, almost as if it simply evolved. It retained the Diancie's color scheme but instead possessed a dress-like structure made of purple gems and a larger gem replacing the large chunk of rock. The rhomboid gem on the back of its head had become more rounded and two smaller gems grew from it at the bottom. More red pieces supported the large diamond at the lower body. Its centerpiece became heart-cut instead of diamond-cut, and it also gained two ribbon-like structures that were growing from the two small gems on the back of its head, each tipped by two small floating rhomboid gems for each ribbon. The two long purple crystals behind its head shrank into one, and two more of these hung from the centerpiece, also tipped by a small floating rhomboid gem for each. A larger red crescent also circled its torso. It was a beauty to behold, noble in design, but dark, and with a malicious intent.

As the Blitzle closed in with Flame Charge, the Diancie generated a sword made out of the purple crystals, creating the blade with relative speed as she gave it a solid swing, ready to defend.

Not I!


Assuming a blocking motion, she took the hit from Flame Charge with little noticeable effect as she moved sideways, dodging Mienshao's Jump Kick in the process. Panpour's Water Gun seemed to be slightly more effective than the Flame Charge was, but the Air Slash accompanying it from Swanna appeared to be almost entirely ineffective at phasing the Diancie. As the others charged themselves up and raised their power, the Diancie swung her sword in a demonstration of dominance and would await an order.



Getting ready to fend off the guards rushing him down, Nendal gave an order.
Diancie, let's see how weather affects their spirits. Use Shadow Sky.


Having given his order, the scientist, unassumingly light on his feet, rushed forward to meet one of the guards mid-tackle, hoping to plant an elbow into the guard's gut at a surprising speed unnatural for normal Ruulans. Whatever the result, he then immediately twisted his body as he leaped airborne, to let the rest of the guards tackle into each other while he landed behind them safely, drawing forth several needles from within his lab coat.
What poor sports. So this is how people respond when their own edicts are broken. How riveting.




Looking to the Pokemon as she repositioned herself, the Diancie giggled darkly as she held her sword before her. In telepathy, the Pokemon and Trainers in the area would hear her speak.

The light of day is ghastly. Don't you agree?


She then raised her sword into the sky, channeling a dark energy that shot into the air. Once it reached a sufficient altitude, it erupted as a shadowy aura filled the sky. As the shadowy aura permeated, it caused bursts of light to shower down onto the Pokemon and Trainers battling, with the flashing lights striking all in the area who were not Dr. Nendal himself, or the Diancie, for a small amount of damage. The Diancie seemed to revel in the shower of bursting lights as if it was empowered by them. She then returned to Nendal's side, ready to protect him, but adopted motions that were almost challenging each of the Pokemon and Trainers on the field to fight her. Then, a voice was heard to each, a voice through telepathy. It was feminine and regal as should be expected, but it was also mired in a dark tone, cynical and bitter, closed, perhaps even a bit heartless.

Pokemon. Trainers. Your fight here is now against me. If any of you so much as try to attack the doctor again, you'll be lost to the dark. Such is the fate of any who stand in the doctor's path.


Suddenly, it seemed the situation had grown a lot more serious. Nendal put the needles away and returned his hands to his pockets as he stood behind the Diancie, the evil grin never leaving his face.
Well said, Diancie. Yes, this too is part of the plan. The data collected so far has been wonderful, but we're not done yet.

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"No indeed."

The clicking of high heels signified her presence through sounds, but that was merely one note on a fashionista's elegant entrance. As would be true in a model's life, she wore many dresses, but today's choice was overwhelmingly staggering. The theme of electric blue rang through her tight-fitting dress, accentuating all the curves on her body. There were bright yellow sparkles sprinkled within to give her the air of authority she definitely carried. Every finger was slender and seemed to glitter a metallic silver. Every hair strand streaked silver with highlights of electric blue and yellow was in place and perfectly formed. Her bright blue eyes seemed to zap through every person she looked at, as if sapping their strength with an imposing aura that came with the beauty.

But there was no pageant's wave. There was no award-winning smile. She came to do business.

The guards that had been quaking and shaking from the emergence of the power house that was Diancie turned back as the words she stated were clear and light, yet raged with power and strength. Their hope was recaptured and they continued to stare at her for one reason or another, be it her sizzling beauty or her calm face.

"Keep guard of the entrance," she commanded, "Make sure no one else sneaks through while we do our thing."

They nodded with newfound determination as they took a defensive stance behind Elesa, covering the entrance. Meanwhile, her eyes rested on the Mega Evolved Diancie with the shadowy aura.

"Well, aren't you threatening," she commented, running a single finger down her left eyebrow, "And that aura you carry definitely isn't something natural." Her gaze rested on the scientist, her finger eventually finding it's way down her cheek and onto her chin. She let a coy smile slip through, "Of course a mad scientist would be behind it all. You probably did horrible things to such a lovely creature to make it feel so cold and heartless. Did she even get a chance to enjoy life or was she your beloved test tube baby?"

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The doctor gave a small chuckle.
My my, Elesa, you are a perceptive woman. That's exactly what happened! A scientist, myself! A Pokemon, Carbink! The results were satisfactory! Rest assured, however, that her choice in this matter was entirely her own. I merely offered her a chance to wield a new and formidable power; an offer that she took readily. The new power in action... How riveting! Fortunately, I avoided the need for a testing vat. Carbink are useful enough as they are, without the need for further experimentation.


The Diancie held its serious glance. In its eyes was a calm and controlled fury, keeping a lust for battle checked.

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"You should learn what consent means before you go twisting the story like that," Elesa snapped, "Half truths are not truths, no matter how hard you argue and say that it is. And even if you were being honest, that doesn't make it okay for you to be messing with nature the way you are."

Her eyes seemed to be taking him in, his appearance, his loadout, and any kind of "special" equipment that could be seen as unfair use in a Pokemon Battle. Most notably, her eyes rested on the pencil in his hand that seemed to be glowing. Whatever that thing is, it doesn't look good, she mentally noted.

"Now, what exactly is it you want with the Grand Champion?" she inquired, "And why can't it wait until after the match is over?" A thought clicked in her head and her lead lifted slightly and added, "Are you looking to captivate an audience?"

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"I simply wish to battle her. I'll explain to her the reasons. They do not concern you, Elesa. I tire of these questions you're asking, as they don't lead to any progression in this experiment. Please step aside before I make you do so. Unless you wish to face me down."

The doctor was eerily confident and unperturbed by anything Elesa was saying. As he stared her down, the Diancie prepared her blade as if she would be attacking very shortly.

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"As a matter of fact," Elesa narrowed her gaze and drew out three of her PokeBalls, "It does concern me. It concerns my stage and it's participants and it's audience. You forget who runs this arena and that is me. And according to my standards, your experiment is a non-factor to anyone in attendance today. And if you've got a problem with that...then you can take it up against my team."

She tossed the PokeBalls forward, reveaing a Stunfisk, an Emolga, and an Ampharos as the Diancie's first opponents.

Keep an eye out for any special tricks, she mentally noted. This Diancie's something really dangerous...

"Ampharos, use your Signal Beam! Try to land a confusion on that Diancie. Emolga, hit 'em with Charm. And Stunfisk...let's go for a Scald."

The three worked as a team, like they were accustomed to. Emolga ran forward first, giving a charming grin and a wink as it flew by. The Ampharos's head started to glow until a beam of light shot forward, aiming directly for the Diancie's forehead while the Charm was setting in. All the while, Stunfisk let loose a steaming hot blast of water aiming for it's midsection. Elesa grinned with that award-winning smile.

"Come on, hot shot," she goaded him, "Let's see what you've got."

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The Diancie seemed off-put by Emolga at first but held its ground. As Emolga tried to Charm the Diancie, it would find that it was only looking at itself as if a mirror was between it and the Diancie; Magic Bounce's effects activating as the charming gesture worked its charm on the Emolga instead, leaving Diancie unfazed.

As Emolga's Charm was reflected, the Diancie raised its blade to absorb the Signal Beam incoming, taking little damage from the attack that wasn't very effective to start, being not very effective in common parlance, despite the pretty colors. Unable to block the blast of water in time, the Diancie took the hit directly. It seemed to tank it relatively well, as, despite the advantage that Water had against her, the Diancie looked barely harmed.

Is that all? Your feeble tricks will not work on me.


The Diancie looked ready to fight.

Hrm. I'm afraid I've already shown what I have. Tsk, tsk. Now, Diancie, let us prepare the next experiment. Will you be able to handle Elesa?


She will be no issue to I, Diancie! I will have the total obedience of all as you promised! Stay back, doctor! Prepare yourself for the Grand Champion battle we will have! I cannot lose!


It seemed the Diancie would fight this one.

The doctor's eyes were intimidatingly obscured by light reflected in his glasses. He pulled a glove tighter as he clenched a fist, looking up at Elesa with a confidence that wasn't shaken by whatever she was saying. He would let the Diancie handle the opposition this time. His experiment was coming along perfectly as he brandished his notepad and begun writing notes with his peculiar pencil.

In kind, the Diancie prepared herself, speaking to Elesa and the now released Pokemon.

Out of my sight, unwashed peasants!


Empowered by the shadowy aura filling the sky, the Diancie raised her sword high as it began glowing purple. Enlarging in size as it absorbed energy, she brought it forth to bear, slamming the ground with the enlarged blade as several shadowy diamond-shaped spikes of energy shot forward at rapid speed to deal damage to all three Pokemon at once. The spikes dogged the Pokemon rather well and were incredibly effective; Super-Effective as many would say, and likely to deal large amounts of damage, further increased in potency by the shadowy aura that was absorbed into its very power.

The display was immense, and the power demonstrated was almost unheard of. It was clear this Diancie was not normal by any means. After the attack, bursts of light showered from the shadowy aura, further dealing damage to the Pokemon, and possibly Elesa and the other Trainers. Nendal and the Diancie were both unaffected, however.

Seizing the advantage in speed it had as a Mega Diancie, it proceeded to prepare another attack, the sword once more glowing.

All who oppose me will hang! Prepare yourselves!

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Elesa frowned in thought when she saw the reflective effect her Emolga's Charm had when it was used. Magic Bounce, huh? she pondered. That'll make things tough...

What was worse was the adverse effect the Diancie's response to such a flood of attacks were, which was the cavalcade of shadow spikes that shot towards them. The Ampharos had the worst go of it, being knocked out immediately. But while the spikes struck both the Stunfisk and the Emolga, they would survive the blow due to their ability to fly/hover. However, they couldn't take another hit like that. The Stunfisk resorted to eating it's Sitrus berry to hopefully tank another hit.

Elesa was in full focus mode as she had no choice but to recall her fallen Ampharos. She growled in frustration as she glanced around at the sky, now a shadowy purple. The air felt heavy. She had a hard time breathing and spent most of her time gasping for air. More than that, she couldn't shake this icky feeling that continued to creep down her spine, the results of this dark magic that the doctor was wielding. That Diancie seemed to be relishing in the atmosphere around them, using it to their advantage. Was this a Dark-Type? Psychic-Type? Or something else entirely?

"Emolga, return!" she called out as she held the ball out, encapsulating the Pokemon within, "I may need you down the stretch!"

The PokeBall in her hand was swapped with two more, "Zebstrika! Luxray! I need you two!"

The familiar forms of the Pokemon Elesa was iconic with appeared, side by side. The one on the left was a horse-like creature with a wild white mane, black and white stripes all over it's body, and a gristly blue-eyed stare that gave them an intense look. The one on the right had predominantly black fur with blue accents, a star on it's tail, and an intense yellow-eyed stare that gave off an Intimidating feature. Of course, the Magic Bounce would take effect, but the Guts the Luxray showed only seemed to further fuel his intensity.

"We've gotta land some rapid punches, guys! Give 'em Quick Attacks! Stunfisk, let's try Earth Power this time!"

The two blitzed forward, smashing head-on into the Mega-Diancie with everything they had. It was less about the damage and more about interrupting that pivotal strike before it fell upon them, which would be supported by another super-effective move courtesy of Stunfisk as a fissure opened up and closed the distance just as rapidly as the Shadow Rave had.

But even with this, Elesa knew this wasn't looking good. She was going toe-to-toe with only one of this twisted man's Pokemon and it was looking like it could wipe her. She could only prolong the effect, but she had to have a contingency plan put into place. Quick as a whip, she pulled out her phone while the barrage happened and pressed a sequence of buttons. Let's hope this works... she thought as she pushed the final digit. She didn't know all the adverse effects of the atmosphere around her, but she did know she had to try something.

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The interruption was a success, and the Diancie swiftly positioned its sword to help block the Quick Attacks. While they seemed to have little real effect, the Earth Power was slightly more effective, perhaps even super-effective, and certainly, the strongest blow any of her attacks were so far. However, the Diancie still seemed to be in great shape as it responded with a wide sweep of its sword, sending forth several wicked blades of air, each formed of shadowy auras. These blades of air rushed forward, each one intent on slicing through Elesa's Pokemon for super-effective damage, and each seemed especially potent, threatening critical strikes in their precise aim.

Nendal continued to take his notes down, noting the moves used, as well as responses to, and from, Elesa's Pokemon. He glanced at the sky. The shadowy aura rained more bursts of light for further damage, the adverse weather prompting many bystanders to recall their Pokemon and/or seek shelter under roofs or other objects to avoid the painful lights.

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As if being barraged by a wave of shadowy swords, Luxray and Zebstrika took the majority of that attack since they were too close to dodge anything. However, that meant there was less for Stunfisk to evade, which meant only a stray slice here or there would strike. The Luxray and Stunfisk were hanging on by a thread, but the Zebstrika went down instantly.

Damn... she thought as she recalled her iconic Pokemon, I need a little more time...

Her gaze shifted to the scene around them, making sure everyone else was okay. For the moment, people seemed to be taking the storm in stride. Most found cover under the massive archways of the Grand Stadium while others ran into buildings and vehicles, seeking cover. The guards were already blocking the entrance, meaning them and their Pokemon would be safe from the storm's effects. She was feeling the effects, but her adrenaline from the battle was in ample supply. And she was about to unleash it.

One more blitz. For all the marbles.

Her confident and charming smile broke through as she elegantly drew another one of her PokeBalls, "That attack was barely even a scratch. Let me show you what I can do!"

She flung the PokeBall forward, unveiling the floating Eel-like fish that was Elektross. It's mouth was gaping, it's fin wiggling in anticipation above the Choice Band wrapped around his head. While it did have fins underneath him that functioned as feet, he did prefer to Levitate, bobbing up and down slightly as he hovered. His arms were poised and ready.

"Let's do this! One more effort, guys! Luxray, strike with Wild Charge! Stunfisk, hit her with Earth Power again! Elektross, let's go for a Brick Break!"

All stronger moves would charge towards the Diancie at a blinding pace. Luxray was closest, unleashing his Wild Charge first. It would surely knock him out, but it was all about doing damage at this point. Stunfisk distance strike would be the next to collide. And all of that to cover for Elektross's massive whallop of a chop that tore through defenses like Protect and Light Screen. What was more, it was strengthened further by the Choice Band on it's head, making an already Super-Effective move more powerful.

Elesa would recall her fallen Luxray as she surveyed the damage. Surely, she had to be getting close now.

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Nendal observed carefully, interested in seeing what Diancie would do. If his calculations were correct, she'd move before all three could. Elesa was so confident.

Of course it was barely a scratch. Diancie won't need more than that to accomplish her goals. She is that powerful; perfected! Now I just need to see what happens when she reigns over her kingdom as every Diancie does! What a riveting experiment that will be!


I tire of this interruption! Behold my Diamond Storm! An attack without equal! With this... drown in darkness!


Sure enough, the Diancie took initiative, outspeeding the trio attempting to attack her as she created hundreds upon hundreds of gems of shadowy energy around her form before launching them in a cone in front of her at the three attacking Pokemon, in a twisted version of what would normally be called Diamond Storm. It was an attack aimed at wiping all three out before they could land any hits on her, a decisive battle ending attack.

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And it surely did that. The three succumbed to the shadowy strike and fell beneath it. At the same time, Elesa was starting to feel the effects of the air around them getting to her. It was hard to stand...hard to breath. She felt nauseous, like she could throw up at any given moment. She wasn't pale, as her super modeling days allowed her to control her skin tone and keep it perfect throughout these conditions, but she was definitely sweating bullets...in that perfect way that made her face glow with elegance and beauty. She recalled her fallen team as she stood taller than ever, gasping for air.

"You say the word 'riveting' too much," she panted as her hand went to her last PokeBall. A badly injured Emolga was all that remained of her team against a Mega Evolved Diancie that seemed to grow in power with every second that passed. To say that the odds were stacked against her would be an understatement. But she couldn't give up now. She wouldn't let these two walk over her. It just wasn't in her spirit. She would see this through to the end. Maybe something lucky would happen, or maybe fate would turn in her favor somehow. It was a long shot, but what else did she have left to do?

"Alright, then. This is it. Let me show you-"

"Save your strength."

The calm and elegant voice Elesa was so accustomed to hearing made her sigh as she turned around to face him. Of course, he didn't have much of a fashion sense, but he definitely had his own icon to his appearance. Red hair that fell messily around his head, green eyes that always seemed to twinkle. An evergreen cape fluttered in the wind to accent a light green shirt. It was the pants that really started to become an eyesore for the Nimbasa City Gym Leader's tastes, a salmon color with a green stripe tapered up and down each pant leg. And of course that butterfly belt buckle that was as much of an icon as he was. His smile was thin and polite, yet ever so relaxed, even in the plight of the scenery around them. But that made sense. Out of all the gym leaders in all of the regions, the Castelia City Gym Leader had probably experienced the most turmoil through his reign.

"Burgh," she gave a charming smile back, "Always good to see you...mostly."

Burgh managed a chuckle, "I'll take that as a compliment, then?"

"We can talk about your fashion sense again later. Right now there's..." her voice trailed off as their eyes turned to the enlarged Diancie looming over them.

"That..." Burgh finished her sentence, "Anything I should know?"

"Don't use status effects. It's got Magic Bounce. Also it's...harnessing a different type, I think. It's like a Dark-Type, only...well, different. It's using moves I've never seen."

"Any weaknesses?"

"Not sure. Ground and Water moves seemed to work. That scientist up there created it, but he doesn't like sharing his secrets on how to beat it."

"Would you?"

"Not helping, Burgh!"

"Alright, fair enough," he commented as he stepped forward. "I'll pick up where you left off."

"Then I'll go ahead and evacuate the premises. He wants to fight Iris. We can't give him that benefit," she replied as she walked towards the overhang, "Be careful, alright?"

Burgh gave her a curt nod before turning his focus towards the Diancie, "You're quite the special creature, I've been told." He noted with a charming grin. "Let's see how special you really are."

"Hold your horses, Burgh!"

A gruff voice called from above as Burgh turned to see who it was. But it only took one glance in their direction to figure out who he was. As if the cowboy hat wasn't a dead giveaway, the get-up he wore screamed the western influence all over. Preferring the colors of tan, orange, and turquoise, the large burly man was hard to miss being carried by the Flygon. As they touched down next to Burgh, the bushy mutton chops and serious all-business stare came into focus.

"Clay," Burgh greeted, "I was expecting you to come from below, not above."

"Flygon's quicker than every Pokemon I got," the Driftveil City Gym Leader countered, "It was an urgent request by Elesa. Gimme a rundown."

"That thing is our opponent," Burgh started.

"Ah, good ol' Diancie," Clay rubbed his fingers together, "Gem of the planet right there. I've always wanted to fight one a 'dem things."

"You know this creature?" Burgh's eyebrows flared.

"Course I do! That there's the pinnacle of Pokemon down underground. It's a Fairy/Rock Type."

Burgh went on, "Apparently it has a third type that Elesa couldn't identify. And new moves."

"Let me guess," he flared his nostrils as his gaze went towards Dr. Nendal, "It was created by that modern-day hooligan lookin' ta change the world with his fancy experiments."

"I mean..." Burgh shrugged, "I'm not gonna assume anything."

"Ya shouldn't be messin' with nature like that, boy!" Clay yelled at the scientist, despite Burgh's warnings.

"I don't think he cares, Clay."

"Well, he at least ought'a know," he grumbled. "Anyway, Steel's our best bet of beatin' this thing. Got any of those?"

Burgh grinned, "I may have a few."

Clay smirked back, "Then let's show 'em a thing or two!"

Six Pokemon would appear in front of the Diancie in a flash. Controlled by Burgh was Durant, Escavalier, and Crustle. Controlled by Clay was Mamoswine, Golurk, and Flygon. All six of them stood their steady ground against the mighty Diancie, eyes steeled for the fight ahead.

"Escavalier, Durant! Iron Head for both of you! Crustle, use Earthquake!"

"Let's wrangle her in, boys! Flygon, use yer Earth Power! Golurk, set up a Substitute! Mamoswine...let's go with Fissure!"

The Pokemon followed orders precisely. Despite a slow speed and mobility, the Escavalier charged forwards rather quickly, as he was accustomed to do, head leaned forward to smash into Diancie. The Durant would flank from the other side to do the same thing. Crustle, Flygon, Golurk, and Mamoswine didn't have to go anywhere to do what they set out to do. Crustle simply stamped it's feet to cause the mighty Earthquake while Flygon flung her fissure-like projectile. Golurk set up the copy of itself in front, so as to take the brunt of the next wave of damage. And Mamoswine had the most critical role of them all. All in all, these moves collectively would do a ton of damage, despite the several buffs the Diancie had upon itself. But if Mamoswine's move connected, it would be lights out for her, regardless of what anyone else did.

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What...what the hell was going on? First there was a disturbance, then they had to stop the match and get the battlers back to their waiting rooms...now there was some sort of ruckus going on?

"Let me out."

"Miss Touko, we cannot. The Gym Leaders so far have been doing their best..."

"I said let me out. They were there to cover me when I stormed the Plasma Castle. It's time I repaid the favor."

"I must protest against this, but if you insist...I cannot stop you."

"That's more like it." All pretense of enjoying the fight for its own sake were gone. It was time to fight for the future of the region...and the world. It was moments like these that Trainers prepared for all their lives.




"Minna! Totemo baka! All Gym Leaders, stand down!"

This was the commanding aura of a true hero. "I'm only going to say this once. This foe is well beyond any of you. You're better served flying back home and awaiting orders from whoever comes out on top here. I have a feeling that it would behoove everyone if they were carried out in a timely fashion."

Those blue eyes flashed to steel-blue...or maybe it was a trick of the light from the Shadow Sky move? "Burgh. Remember when you gave me that tip? I found the person I was looking for. I heard she was off in Kanto mentoring their new champion. She will be very interested in this development, as will the ninja of Fuchsia. Elesa, Clay, keep the infrastructure and the crowd in one piece. There's no guarantee even this would hold up if I let my guys go all out."

A deep, dramatic breath to focus her swirling energy. Iris was probably well tucked away in another safe room elsewhere in the structure. "Fly, you fools. You have your orders. Go. I will face him."

With that done, the young woman turned to face Nendal and his pet freak. "I don't know what you've done to Diancie, but such strength...there's no way a Pokémon can get that strong on its own. Staging a coup is bad enough, but...it's like you've sealed away its heart or something to turn it into a living weapon. Whether you're evil or you just don't care who gets hurt, that kind of corruption is something I cannot forgive. Here I go! Katsu zo!"

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"Minna! Totemo baka! All Gym Leaders, stand down!"

Burgh, Clay, and Elesa all stopped and turned to the sound of the voice they recognized...the voice that belonged to the savior of this Region several times over and the challenger to the Grand Champion title.

Burgh spoke up first, "Miss Touko-"

"I'm only going to say this once. This foe is well beyond any of you. You're better served flying back home and awaiting orders from whoever comes out on top here. I have a feeling that it would behoove everyone if they were carried out in a timely fashion."

Clay stamped his foot in frustration, "Aw, but I was gettin' warmed up! I coulda taken him, no sweat!"

Burgh calmly approached, "Are you sure about this? You speak as if you're not sure you can win. Think about what that could mean for the world. If he claims the title...the people could rebel. Wars could start. Are we ready for the consequences we might face?"

She did not answer, but went on, "Burgh. Remember when you gave me that tip? I found the person I was looking for. I heard she was off in Kanto mentoring their new champion. She will be very interested in this development, as will the ninja of Fuchsia."

Burgh nodded, "As you wish then. I will inform Winter of what is happening here. He may pass this along to Titania and the one you speak of in Fuchsia City."

She turned to the other two, "Elesa, Clay, keep the infrastructure and the crowd in one piece. There's no guarantee even this would hold up if I let my guys go all out."

Elesa nodded, "I will evacuate all spectators and send them to their homes."

Clay grunted, "I'll keep the buildin' from fallin' down."

Touko breathed to focus before she said, "Fly, you fools. You have your orders. Go. I will face him."

Clay and Burgh recalled their Pokemon while Elesa took off in high heels towards the control deck, where she could access the microphone. The Bug-Type specialist brought out Heracross, who fluttered her wings as if ready to fly.

As he began to mount, his green eyes flashed, turning to Touko with a serious glimmer, "No matter what happens, no matter the outcome...you come back to us, alright? Unova needs it's heroine."

And with that, he took off, leaving Touko and Dr. Nendal left to duke it out. For the fate of Ruula.

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Nendal smirked as Elesa's Pokemon went down.

"You say the word 'riveting' too much,"

Well, now. Pardon my manners! But I assure you, all of this is quite useful information for me. Keep struggling. I appreciate every moment.


Taking note when Burgh arrived, Nendal observed as Elesa and Burgh had their chat. During this time, Nendal activated the machine on his left wrist, clearly identifiable as a Wonder Launcher, apparently preparing it to launch something. Before he could use it, however, the Diancie turned her gaze back to Burgh as she listened to his comments.

"Let's see how special you really are."

You have the great privilege of viewing my special form as it is. That you aren't a stain before me upon the floor should prove the special status alone! But if you want another display, I'll gladly give you one. Those who stand before my future throne, Pokemon or Human, will relinquish their petty existences!


As she prepared to face Burgh and his Pokemon, she stopped to look up at Clay as he came down. Nendal's attention was caught by this development as well, his own hands sliding to his pockets as brandished a small communicating device. Pressing a single button upon it, he then slid it back into his pocket and replaced its presence with a Poke Ball of his own. His Poke Balls appeared to be Repeat Balls and Timer Balls exclusively, as well as a third unrecognizable type of Ball.

"Ya shouldn't be messin' with nature like that, boy!"

At Clay's commentary, Nendal chuckled.
I messed with no nature. Diancie is here of her own choices. I merely gave her the opportunities this world would not. You see, science has a way of fixing the unfortunate errors that we run into daily. Small injustices. But I doubt you would understand. Science is truly a field for only the highest of intelligent minds.


When Burgh dismissively disregarded his reply, and urged Clay to not bother, Nendal chuckled. At this moment, the fourth surprise arrival.

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Following a rather grand display that left but the girl before him, Nendal smirked and once again pocketed his Poke Ball. Seeing the girl before him and the Diancie, he responded to her fighting words.
So you cannot forgive discovery? An absurd notion. Well, I wouldn't call this a coup either, so perhaps you're just ill-informed. Regardless, your efforts will prove most useful to my research.


The Diancie swung her sword before her in a menacing display.
You dare disrespect me? Sealed away my heart? A living weapon? Is that all I am to you? Insolent peasant! I'll have your head for such a mockery!


Before either side could fight, however, Nendal walked forward.
Hold, all of you. My research is related to what happens here, so I need even testing conditions. Allow me to ensure both sides are fully prepared.


Nendal finally activated the machine on his left wrist, the Wonder Launcher revving.
First, hold still, Diancie! The doctor has a special gift for you, to honor your efforts to now. This challenger seems quite the opponent.


From the machine, clearly identifiable as a Wonder Launcher, Nendal launched a bright neon green and yellow disc at the Diancie that erupted into a conical spray of medicine, healing most of the wounds she had received to that point. Swinging her sword to the side, she looked behind her at the doctor before looking at her arms and her self.

You do me honor, good doctor! Bestowing me with strength unmatched, and with recovery unending, you will rewarded royally within my dominion.


He then approached Touko.
Now, here, allow me.


With a special machine he procured from his coat pocket, he quickly gave the effects of a Max Revive and Full Restore to each of Touko's Pokemon that needed either. Their stamina for their moves was also replenished to full fighting capacity. Once the process was done, he returned to his original position.

How riveting! When both sides are at full strength, that ensures the fairest playing field, and thus, the most accurate and useful data. Please, begin your conflict whenever ready. I'll be right here taking notes.


As he noted on his pad, he looked to the sky; Shadow Sky was still in effect. So far, his devices were working as intended. He then awaited Touko's first moves. Once she released a Pokemon, it was on.

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The first thing Touko did was...check the direction of the wind. "What the hell? That weird weather effect from before is still active! You talk a big game about getting all this data, even going so far as to heal my guys from their skirmish with Iris...and yet you refuse to start without a level playing field? We're not starting until that wears off."

And Touko did just that. She waited, trying to get Nendal to become impatient, hoping it would bleed over into his battle tactics. Once the skies cleared up, it was on.

"Zekrom! Time to fight for our future!"

The air didn't change, but it started to smell like ozone as a vast black dragon hit the field and flexed its muscles, the generator in its tail producing vast amounts of electrical power.

"Zekrom...this guy is the toughest thing we've ever had to go up against. We can't come out swinging, not yet. So let's start with Tailwind!" But she was caught off guard when Diancie's mighty sword swung around and sent the beast reeling, barely able to stand after that Shadow Slash. "What...what the hell is that?"

A demonstration of my power. Continue to oppose me and your existence will end!
Diancie taunted back, but it didn't seem to faze either Zekrom or Touko.

"Now! Bolt Strike!" Thanks to the Tailwind, it was actually able to move first.
"What?!"
The Diancie was hammered with the full force of Zekrom's electrically charged body.
Insolent peasant! You are nothing before me!
The second Shadow Slash was certainly more than enough to finish off the legendary dragon, and down went the first one.

"I wasn't expecting just him to get the job done. That's why I had him set Tailwind. You like your weather, I like mine. Now come on out, Claw!" Clay would probably be proud of her for picking up his ace. "She looks like she gets stronger with every knockout, we have to finish it here! Use Iron Head!" "You got it boss!" grunted the Excadrill right back as instead of drilling along the surface, he ran along the ground, using those powerful claws to pull himself forward and sidestep attacks on the way into melee range, before delivering another shattering blow directed at Diancie's exposed crystalline body.

"I am a hero of justice just like the Ability Warrior, Poké Ranger! I'll never give up, no matter how strong the opponent!"

Bow before me, or I shall end your existence!
Diancie exclaimed in a fervor before pummeling Claw with Shadow Gem. Touko even had to dodge out of the way of a stray projectile, stunned into silence. It's not that she was intentionally targeted. Diancie just didn't seem to care. Now two down, she was on the back foot.

"What is going on...he's not giving any commands at all? He's just sitting there and taking notes. What is this guy's deal? I have to win so I can figure this out!" Pounding the dirt at her feet, Touko rose again, calling forth Juggernaut the Haxorus, sending a powerful seismic tremor through the ground at Diancie's base before meeting the same fate. One graceful Shadow Slash and it was over.

The other three...Drifter, Volcarona, even Nike, the avatar of victory itself...they didn't even get a chance to defend themselves as Diancie seemed to get stronger and faster with every knockout, all dispatched with graceful but deadly accurate swings of her blade.

"You were right. You were too powerful for me to stop. But...I had to try. And I learned a few things about you in the process. Hopefully you learned a few things about me as well. It's these bonds that let us work together to overcome anything we put our minds to...but right now, we have official business to take care of. It's time to crown a champion."

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Nendal smirked.
Now, there's no need for that. Well, we should take care of it, but I've handled most of the finer details already. Let me just say that I've done all the paperwork in advance. All that was left was for the current Grand Champions to be defeated, a process just finished as of now.


With a chuckle, he brandished a Poke Ball and released an Abra.
Abra, please teleport all of us to Castelia City, if you will. We have official business to finalize.


In a blink, Diancie, Touko, and Nendal were all transported directly to Castelia City.

((Story continues in Castelia City.))

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As soon as Abra had motioned, Touko, Nendal, and the Diancie would find themselves in Castelia City, the weather having faded back to normal. Standing before the building that the Grand Champion would normally rule from; a magnificent mansion located towards the center area of the city, Nendal smirked as he began to walk toward it, following the pathway with his hands in his pockets.

Well then, isn't this a treat, Diancie? As I had promised, we defeated the rulers of this planet, and now have the power to our own ends.


The Diancie seemed impressed as she floated forward.
Yes, this power is all mine now!


At least, that is what I told you. I'm sorry, however, for I lied. Tragic, I know, but I simply needed your power to succeed. You were nonetheless a fine experiment, but at this point, I have no further need for you. Back into your ball you go.


Nendal brandished the special Poke Ball he had kept Diancie in, ready to activate it and return her. Hearing his words, however, incited something in her.
You wouldn't dare! Betraying me?!


Nendal laughed.
Of course. Pokemon are just means to an end. Like any other tool. They prove useful for my experiments, and thus, I will use them as I need. With this little experiment done, I have no further need of you, you see.


The Diancie brandished her sword.
Traitorous peasant!


She quickly began to rush forward to swing it at the doctor, but it was at this moment that Nendal then activated a device he had built into a remote, wracking the Diancie with electrical energy that seemed to paralyze her and hold her in place. Letting out an anguished, if frustrated and aggressive, cry, she tried to resist the force. Nendal continued,
Tsk tsk! Now, Diancie, such tantrums aren't befitting one of your regal bearing. I do believe you will still have something to rule.


Lifting her head with intensity in her eyes, the Diancie began slowly lifting herself up, despite the electrical charge.
T-That's right! I will have something to rule! I-I will rule! Know your place, filth!


With almost supernatural power, the Diancie shattered the electrical charge holding her in place and rushed down Nendal, who merely interjected with a surprised expression and a momentary gasp of terror before his head was severed cleanly from his shoulders with a single deadly slice. After a moment of silence, the Diancie looked back at the doctor's corpse as it collapsed slowly to the ground. She would move to fetch candies from a bag he had hidden in his coat pockets, before consuming all of them; each of the six pieces. Disregarding Touko, the Diancie faced the building before her and raised her sword high.



The sword began glowing and shot a powerful beam of energy into the sky. Immediately, a large scale earthquake began to rumble, and the sky became shrouded in the shadowy aura once more. This time, not only did flashes of light rain down, but lightning crackled, purple and energetic, while thunder rumbled periodically. Immediately, the Grand Champion residence was surrounded by several crystals rising from the surface, forming a crystal cathedral of a castle, the crystals mixing with stone to form their structured shape, incorporating the mansion into its design.

This process was rapid, and soon, the ground surrounding the location began to discolor, with plants turning purple and beginning to radiate a purple aura. Crystals would rise out of various locations, each creating cracks in the ground around their position where purple energy shone through. Somehow, amid all the energy, the Diancie seemed to grow even stronger, with the crystal and stone walls continuing to arise as the castle continued building itself. With a voice echoing to all in Castelia, the Diancie shook the land hardest at this time.

I, the new Crown-Princess Melaine, of Ruula, demand the total obedience of all Ruulans! As of this moment, Ruula belongs to me, and all of you shall be my subjects! A new age for Ruula begins now! O~hoho-hoho~!


At this, Castelia fell under a shadow as the skies became all the same; dark and purple, with the flashes of light raining to the earth steadily. Crystals spawned throughout the city, and though most buildings were not disturbed, the usual cheery and busy atmosphere seemed to grow sluggish and thick, grinding to an oppressive halt. All in Castelia would be subjected to all these events in short order, mere minutes.

Turning to face Touko, the Diancie hovered at a height that allowed her to look down upon the Trainer in all her power. The shadow aura surrounding her seemed to grow in power and influence through whatever candies she had eaten earlier; simply being in her presence was exposing those nearby to a heavy Pressure effect.

Touko, was it? Well, you are standing here in front of Melaine, the 1st Crown-Princess of Ruula, and sole monarch of power eternal. I am a privilege to behold, as you now see; soon, many shall beg for my very being to grace their presence and provide their needs. You are allowed to kneel now if you wish. Your choice in the matter may very well set the direction of our interactions to soon be had.

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Seeing the sudden beam of light shot skyward made him curious at first but it was the castle and hearing the speech that got him worried. He took Asuka out of her pokeball and told Shirona to get on as well.

"I really think it would be wise to put you in a pokeball right now..."

"If it comes to it, I'll accept. Until then I'm staying outside of one"

"Alright... Asuka! Takes us back to Castelia!"

A confirmation screech was heard as the Staraptor took to the skies and shot forwards on a course for Castelia. As they neared Castelia, Shirona gasped a bit and told Asuka to fly low due to the pressure. Asuka sensed nothing but listened anyway, lowering her altitude to just 15 feet above the water.

"Pressure? I don't feel anything right now, though."

"It's coming from that direction, closer to the beam."

"Alright, you have better senses than us both so keep us informed. Asuka, towards that beam!"

Another screech and a trajectory change went on. Asuka quickly covered ground, or air in this case, and was soon close enough to sense the pressure building and decided to slow down. Even James could sense it. James soon sees a woman, an unknown Pokemon holding a sword, and a body without its head.

"What is that? Some sort of floating rock?"

"A Diance. A rare mythical Pokemon from which Carbink, Sandra's pet, can sometimes evolve into."

"Carbink can turn into that.... but only sometimes?"

"Think of it as a random mutation. I know nothing of that sword though. Wait, that woman down there!"

"That's the one from the TV Burgh was watching, Emiko. Wasn't she in Nimbassa? Asuka, take us down there."

With that, the bird flew over Emiko and lowered her altitude again to 5 feet. James and Shirona both jumped off and landed next to the girl. Shirona gently landing while James had a tougher one.

"Ok...Maybe should have said go lower. Not fair that you get to use your power to land softly. Asuka, come back."

Asuka reentered her pokeball but Shirona didn't respond with banter like she normally would, instead she studied the area and tried to grasp what was going on. She did connect the dots and figured out that this Diance was the cause of the man's death, and knowing what she does about the Pokemon, she figured the castle was made by her as well.

"This is not good, James, not at all..."

"Tell me something I don't know. Hey, Emiko! You alright? What happened here?"

James turned to Emiko and questioned her about the situation.

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So. Here she was. Broken and defeated in front of this villain. Touko was having the worst day of her life. It wouldn't be the first time she saw a castle erupt out of the ground, but watching this Diancie straight up kill her Trainer was just too much. At being suggested to kneel, she did...but then pitched forward onto all fours and threw up. Once that was, um, dealt with, she wiped her mouth and looked up to face the new ruler.

"Heh. It's funny, really. Us humans have rules. And one of them is that you can't threaten someone into entering a binding agreement. If you do, it doesn't count. So if I say yes, I would have done so under duress. And if I say no, you'll probably kill me on the spot. So either way, I will not be by your side as you rule this land in the grip of fear...plus if you killed me now that you've announced the start of your rule, that's not a good look."

She pitched her head down. More coughing to clear out the last bits of vomit. Oh Arceus, the blood was starting to move towards her...at least looking away from the new tyrant's terrifying beauty allowed her to focus her thoughts, even if it felt like the air itself was trying to crush her. "Plus my pal Zekrom would never forgive me. I made a promise to him. That I would fight for a world where Pokémon and humans had nothing to fear from one another. As long as you rule by fear like this, I can't stand by and let it happen. Even if that earthquake means I can no longer stand."

Then, some flashing lights. Some asshole paparazzi had caught her in her darkest hour. That was small compared to the world of shit everyone was about to be thrust into. "Oh, and one final thing. I happen to know that we're not alone. There are others that come from beyond the stars that are watching with great interest at what's happening here. Don't assume that you can just scare them into doing what you say. I don't know what Nendal told you as he made you what you are now, but if you strike me down then you'll never learn what you need to know to be an effective ruler."

Her palms were sweaty. Knees weak, arms were heavy. There was vomit on her sweater already, Mom's spaghetti. "I will not dispute the legitimacy of your rule. But politically, I will oppose you at every turn. Now that you speak for humans and Pokémon alike as our Grand Champion, I hope that you do not lead us to ruin. I have nothing more to say to you...Queen Melaine."

Then she turned and faced James, struggling to get to her feet at the sound of someone calling her name. "Um...could you, uh, not right now? Kinda having a bad day here. Right now all I want to do is fly home to Nuvema Town and just cry into my pillow."

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James heard what Emiko had to say, and being the nice guy he is, he responded with an offer.

"Alright. If you'd like, I can take you home with Asuka."

"James, we cannot stay here! We need to move!"

"I know, Shirona. I can sense that staying is bad for the health...But I need to know if she is ok to leave on her own or if she needs help! I'm not just going to walk away, I didn't for you, and I won't for her or anybody!"

"1 minute and then we go"

"Fine."

James' attitude might get him seriously injured one of these days but that does not seem to bother him as he continues to stick his neck out for other people. He awaits a response while clutching Asuka's pokeball.

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Character Portrait: Allen Sheerwight Character Portrait: Melaine Diancie
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Melaine's Castle : Throne Room


O~hoho-hoho~!


Melaine turned to face a Trainer standing before her, in front of several Pokemon of various species. The young girl adjusted her glasses using both hands, keeping a neutral look on her face.

Um, Crown-Princess! We have reports that a Trainer has actually made it inside. He flew in on a Tropius that only took neutral hits from the Zzap! Crystal towers and he seems ready to fight you. I place his odds of victory over you at less than 0.001%, however. His team is strong and well balanced, but he lacks a dedicated strategy and lost one of his Pokemon to one of the Golurk in the Inner Wall Expanse.


Melaine held back more laughter.
Intruders who make it past my defenses need to solve my castle's many puzzles! There is little the common fodder can do to truly understand the complex nature of my challenges. He'll never reach me if the Golurk are giving him trouble already!


The girl nodded and adjusted her glasses again.
Of course! It is as you say, Crown-Princess.


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Castelia City : Oceanfront Road


Allen would arrive in a city that was a borderline hellscape.

As the lower hanging purple clouds and dark sky sent an ominous message, the searing lights that rained from the sky amid a murky purple rain stung whatever living beings they struck directly, leaving burning scratches on those unprotected for too long. What was once one of the most lively and active cities in Unova was now almost a shell, a husk of what it once was. Standing tall in the city's horizon, dwarfing even the larger skyscrapers, was a castle made of crystals and jewels mixed with solid stonework.


Castelia City : Mode Street


As Allen ran through the streets, some areas of the city had crystals growing out of the ground, scattered around extremely large and tall crystals that pulsed a dark and shadowy purple color, with a sort of black central energy. Some of these crystals had even damaged or destroyed some smaller buildings, and some of the Wild Pokemon around them, such as Rattata and Zubat, seemed unusually irritated. Few Trainers were outside still, with the few that were mostly either seeking shelter or trying to have their Pokemon attack the crystals.


Castelia City : Central Plaza


When Allen finally reached the area where the beam originated, he'd find a new pathway leading to a large castle that lay before him, to the side of the town, near where the villa that belonged to the Grand Champion was. It was a winding road that nonetheless was lined with smaller crystals and jewels the entire way.


Castelia City : Melaine's Castle


At last, he'd reach the area where the beam originated. Standing before him, a large castle of multiple floors and expansive size that even destroyed some buildings in the area around the larger plot of land that the Grand Champion's villa used to occupy. A large gate at the front of the castle was closed, with the drawbridge lifted shut. A symbol on the drawbridge showed that several slots needed to be filled with some kind of items before it activated.

Furthermore, the walls showed little sign of allowing a way inside otherwise. The moat of sharp crystals leaking shadowy energy was a deterrent to other forms of ground approach, and perched upon sections of the crystal walls, towers were shaped, providing windows and vantage points for floating crystalline structures that reacted to the lightning strikes positively, showcasing an ability to potentially launch energy bolts at anything flying nearby. Their glow was also accompanied by dark red hues, besides the purple and black, perhaps indicative of something more.

Some wild Pokemon were roaming about the area, mostly Sigilyph that seemed to be following set patrol routes at a variety of altitudes. Claydol statues were arranged also at specific points around the perimeter. Watchog were carefully keeping observation posts atop the walls and on the ground level around the castle; their alert gazes and glowing eyes and bodies proving a rather unsettling reminder that if there was specific movement outside the castle, it was likely going to be recorded in some fashion. Occasionally, a faint rumble of the earth was felt, though it was almost unnoticeable to most, striking in time to large footsteps being taken. The heads and shoulders of Golurk behind the castle walls could be seen occasionally accompanying such tremors, giving a source to their occurrence.

Surprisingly, actual Trainers were present, some already in combat with groups of Watchog and Patrat, others tackling the Sigilyph. No one seemed to have had any progress made in their groups at finding a way past the walls. The most alarming observation was that there seemed to be some Trainers who were fighting against the Trainers who seemed to be seeking a way inside as if some Trainers were honestly siding with whatever caused the beam that now occupied this unnatural crystal cathedral of a castle.

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Character Portrait: Emiko Touko Character Portrait: "Lord-Regent" Radegast the Trainer Character Portrait: Allen Sheerwight Character Portrait: Melaine Diancie
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Melaine's Castle : Outer Wall Outskirts


Allen's request was met with silence initially, especially as other fighting Trainers retreated, having been whited out by the Trainers in armor, armed with weapons alongside Pokemon, that seemed to be on the side of whoever owned the castle. Then, a break after several minutes. Emerging from her castle, a Pokemon descended to greet Allen.

She was a dark-purple, sylph-like Pokemon that had a black chest and arms that resembled a dress. She also had a headdress, which consisted of purple crystals; the four short ones cresting along the top pointing upwards, and two long ones on each side of her head, pointing downwards, with an additional diamond-cut centerpiece framed by her slim dark-purple ears. A smaller purple crystal was also embedded in the back of her head, and a red nugget was embedded in her forehead. Her eyes were black with pale-purple irises, and a red crescent circled her neck, with each end joined by a rhomboid gem. Her lower body resembled a large oblong chunk of stone, with a large purple crystal protruding from it.

Are you the rabble that disrespects the very ground they stand upon with their incessant yelling? You are standing in the presence of Melaine—1st Crown-Princess of Ruula. You may kneel if you wish. Your choice in the matter may determine the direction of our following interaction.


The other Trainers who had sided with the Pokemon seemed to step forward, as if ready to follow her on her words. They all shared unanimous features; their armor and weapons made mostly of diamonds and crystals that were styled in a medieval bent and faintly glowing shadowy purple eyes lighting through their helmet shaded or mask covered faces. Most of the males wore shorts and pants, while most of the females wore miniskirts and pants. The attire seemed to be based on what sort of weapon they carried, and all of them seemed to be unaffected by, if not outright immune to, the flashes of light that stung and burned at exposed Trainers and Pokemon.

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Nuvema Town : Professor Juniper's Lab


The Professors across the board were a wealth of useful knowledge. Juniper was able to to get ahold of Krane, Sycamore, and Rowan, thus getting Touko and Radegast some critical info about their foe.

What was revealed was this: She is a Diancie, which are rare, but powerful, mutations of a normally Kalosian and Alolan native species called Carbink. Sycamore also confirmed it's typing as a Rock/Fairy dual-type, and a number of other details that more or less created a solid, if still work in progress, Pokedex Entry for the pair to use.

Professor Krane could also shed light on what he had on Shadow Pokemon.

He revealed that Shadow Pokemon are created through a still somewhat unknown process that all but removes a Pokemon's emotions entirely, turning them into a soulless fighting machine. A man named Ein, who was the creator of the process and Team Cipher's head scientist at some time not too long ago, referred to the process as "shutting the door to their hearts". Team Cipher's science division later refined and upgraded the process to allow many Shadow Pokemon to be produced simultaneously. The head of their science division, before they were defeated recently, was a scientist named Lovrina, who also worked on stabilizing the process to increase their resistance to the best purification methods at the time. The goal was to create a Shadow Pokemon that could not be purified.

Further, while normal Pokemon are generally friendly and trusting creatures as a whole, Shadow Pokemon are not hesitant to attack with no mercy, and they do not attack only other Pokemon, even extending their victims to Trainers. Shadow Pokemon were occasionally overwhelmed by their emotions, and sometimes entered a state called "Hyper Mode," or, "Reverse Mode." The state was connected to how purified they were prior to full purification. Calling out to the Pokemon usually snapped them out of the effect, though other remedies exist.

However, Shadow Pokemon cannot be differentiated from normal Pokemon without certain abilities or tools. Shadow Pokemon emit a dark aura that normal Pokemon do not, though the aura is typically invisible. The Professor has built a device that can detect auras, but it'd take time to get two of them over to Unova; though Juniper and Rowan theorize that anyone sensitive to Aura could also detect it. In some cases, the Pokemon's physical appearance can change if it is sufficiently corrupted.

This information thus presented a couple of avenues to further explore, mostly in actual field research. While the Professors would continue their own research in lab, field data would be invaluable, as would any data from Nendal's vast archives that surely existed somewhere. Thus, Touko and Radegast would find themselves once more in Castelia City, though this time, together and with information and a good recharge.


Castelia City : Bridge Gate


However, in their short absence, the Bridge Gate had turned into a small warzone's aftermath. The usual guards on duty were both noticeably absent, and in their place were three girls who were more or less silent, though smiling as they seemed to quietly small talk with each other and clean up the place. Two of the girls wore a cuirass made of faintly glowing purple and shadowy diamonds over a black blouse with bell sleeves. Their miniskirts were black as well, with strategically cuts to not hinder movement, though short modesty shorts were present as well in a dark purple color. Their dark purple thigh boots had a small heel that suggested they could ride a Pokemon suited for it, and their dark purple gloves were cuffed for added flair and protection, likely because they had weaponry.

On their backs were what looked liked shortbows, and they had a belt and strap that allowed them to keep a quiver full of arrows. These weapons seemed to be made of the same faintly glowing purple and shadowy diamonds as the cuirass was. Lastly, they each had a kettle helmet with diamond motifs that shaded their face from the nose up, though their faintly glowing purple and shadowy eyes were visible and not normal looking. Both had shorter hair, with one doing a bob cut while the other did a wavy/curly look, though both had grey hair, darker in tone with a heavy charcoal-esque tint.

Both looked young, and between the two of them, they had four Pokemon it seemed. The one with the bob cut had three gym badges, while the one with the wavy/curly look had two of her own. Perhaps they were novice Trainers whose journeys were cut short?

The third Trainer was a younger woman with a ponytail and a maid outfit that had a diamond brooch that radiated the sense of energy. With purple eyes as well, though hers lacked the faint glow, and only a frilled head decoration with flower accessory that didn't shade her face, she somehow seemed more important than the other two, despite her appearances. Her hair was blonde, and she kept her arms behind her back as she supervised the cleanup, though it seemed by the rag she held that she was doing her own fair share. She had three Poke Balls, but otherwise seemed unarmed and unarmored.

Upon hearing the doors open, all three turned to look at Touko and Radegast as the two archers drew their shortbows and reached for Poke Balls.

Marksman 1:
Hey! You two there! Identify yourselves!


Marksman 2:
Yeah, you can't pass until we know you're not here to cause trouble!


Maid:
Well, aren't you two ready to go? Stand down. We should at least talk with these two Trainers first.


Dusting herself off, the maid gave a bow, not letting Touko or Radegast have a word edgewise before she continued.

Maid:
Apologies. My name is Belinda, and I'm in proud service to the new Crown-Princess. If either of you harbors ill intentions toward her, then I will have to ask you to leave unless you can present proof of a presence request by her decree. If you mean to stay without, then I will have to get the room dirty again. Such a problem that would be, no? We shouldn't need to undo my work.


Belinda's demeanor was quite Brazen, all facts considered. She also seemed unusually confident despite her expected position by appearances.