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Winter Sakkio

"Juuuuuust passin' through!"

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

Description

Name: Winter Sakkio

Age: Sixteen

Gender: Male

Weight: 165 lbs

Height: 6'2"

Hair Color: Snow White

Eye Color: Crisp Blue

Skin color: As Caucasian as possible.

Apparel: Often wears a long sleeved white T-shirt with blue jeans with standard shoes, socks, and unmentionables. He tends to take a simplistic approach to style, meaning that's all he wears for the most part. His only accent is a necklace with a blue water drop, signifying a potential preference to Water-Type Pokemon.

Personality: Winter is calm, cool, and collected. While he speaks with directness in battle, he will often talk softly and confidently to other people. His youthful appearance as well as his overall neutral demeanor gives the impression that he's relatively inexperienced. When looking at a person with his blue eyes, most people always get the impression that he's looking through them, like he's in their head somehow viewing their thoughts and planning around them. He's relaxed towards life and tends to enjoy the philosophy of stopping and smelling the roses.

Pokemon:

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Lucky
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Squirtle
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Water
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Jolly
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 91
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: The Pokemon that forms the closest bond with Winter, Lucky was Winter's starter and together they've been through just about everything on his adventure. Winter and Lucky made the joint decision not to let the Squirtle evolve. Winter made that decision because he loved his starting Pokemon just the way he was and it also brought along a Facade for Lucky to hide behind during battle. Lucky agreed because he didn't want to change into what he believes to be the Brutal Blastoise and also because he enjoys the rides he takes on Winter's back and doesn't want to lose that. Lucky is a very smart Pokemon. He is often independent in a lot of ways and in many ways, the relationship between him and Winter is a mutual partnership in terms of battle. Lucky understands why Winter chooses what he chooses in terms of moves, but if he knows it's a wrong choice, Lucky will adjust on his own. For the most part, Winter is okay with this.

Moveset:
Hydro Pump- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is blasted by a huge volume of water launched under great pressure.
Iron Defense- (Steel-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Move. The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
Aqua Tail- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user attacks by swinging its tail as if it were a vicious wave in a raging storm.
Surf- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
Blizzard- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. A howling blizzard is summoned to strike the foe. It may also freeze the target solid.
Brick Break- (Fighting-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user attacks with tough fists, etc. It can also break any barrier such as Light Screen and Reflect.

Abilities:
Torrent- Powers up Water-type moves in a pinch.
Rain Dish- The PokΓ©mon gradually recovers HP in rain.




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Flow
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ +2
Pokemon: Vaporeon
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Water
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Female
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Calm
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 85
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Flow is one of the three Eevees Winter found during his travels and is the second one to evolve once Winter managed to find a Water Stone. In Winter's primary set, he will often switch between Flow and her other two Pokemon brothers. This keeps challenging trainers on their toes as they wonder which two of the three he'll bring out in each round. Flow is very affectionate towards Winter as he saved her and her brothers' lives. Because of this, Return hits very hard. She is often the most affectionate one, so Return hits the hardest with her. Extremely territorial when it comes to Winter, she finds trust issues in those that hurt him and will likely guard any human Winter chooses to let close.

Moveset:
Return- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A full-power attack that grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
Scald- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user shoots boiling hot water at its target. It may also leave the target with a burn.
Rain Dance- (Water-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type moves.
Acid Armor- (Ghost-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user alters its cellular structure to liquefy itself, sharply raising its Defense stat.
Muddy Water- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks by shooting muddy water at the opposing team. It may also lower the targets’ accuracy.
Aurora Beam: (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is hit with a rainbow-colored beam. It may also lower the target’s Attack stat.

Abilities:
Water Absorb- Restores HP if hit by a Water-type move.
Hydration- Heals status problems if it is raining.




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Hyper
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Espeon
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Psychic
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Hasty
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 84
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Hyper is one of the three Eevees Winter found during his travels and is the very first one to evolve. In Winter's primary set, he will often switch between Hyper and his other two Pokemon siblings. This keeps challenging trainers on their toes as they wonder which two of the three he'll bring out in each round. Hyper is the jumpy one of the three and is often seen running around. He is very affectionate towards Winter for saving his life as well as the lives of his siblings. Because of this, Return hits much harder with him. Hyper may be the most gullible of the three as is too lovingly hyper when around any human. He is notorious for leaping on other trainers and tackling them to the ground.

Moveset:
Future Sight- (Psychic-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. Two turns after this move is used, the foe is attacked with a hunk of psychic energy.
Morning Sun- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user restores its own HP. The amount of HP regained varies with the weather.
Return- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A full-power attack that grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
Dazzling Gleam- (Fairy-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user damages opposing PokΓ©mon by emitting a powerful flash.
Psychic- (Psychic-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is hit by a strong telekinetic force. It may also reduce the foe’s Sp. Def stat.
Protect- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.

Abilities:
Synchronize- Passes a burn, poison, or paralysis to the foe.
Magic Bounce- Reflects status-changing moves.




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Glist
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Glaceon
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Ice
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Serious
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 83
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Glist is one of the three Eevees Winter found during his travels and was the last one to evolve. In Winter's primary set, he will often switch between Glist and his other two Pokemon siblings. This keeps challenging trainers on their toes as they wonder which two of the three he'll bring out in each round. Glist is the hardened one of the group as he is only loyal to Winter and Winter alone. He is very affectionate towards his trainer, all thanks to Winter saving his life as well as his siblings'. Because of this, Return is very effective with him. He often has trust issues outside Winter, his Pokemon, and his siblings. Keeping shy when others interact with him, he likes to lay from afar and watch. If Winter gets in trouble, Glist is only one leap away from going against anyone who dare attack him.

Moveset:
Return- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A full-power attack that grows more powerful the more the user likes its Trainer.
Frost Breath- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user blows a cold breath on the target. This attack always results in a critical hit.
Barrier- (Psychic-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user throws up a sturdy wall that sharply raises its Defense stat.
Ice Beam- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is struck with an icy-cold beam of energy. It may also freeze the target solid.
Hail- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Status Effect. The user summons a hailstorm lasting five turns. It damages all PokΓ©mon except the Ice type.
Blizzard- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. A howling blizzard is summoned to strike the foe. It may also freeze the target solid.

Abilities:
Snow Cloak- Raises evasion in a hailstorm.
Ice Body- Gradually regains HP in a hailstorm.




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Rio
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Aerodactyl
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Rock/Flying
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Bold
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 90
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Rio is likely the meanest Pokemon on Winter's team. Winter is barely on Rio's good side himself as Rio likes to attack every Pokemon and human with full brutal force. He doesn't hold back and he doesn't give up. His headstrong nature keeps him from really changing much. Rio ended up in Winter's possession as one of the last Pokemon Winter caught in the Kanto region. It had taken the combined power of Flow, Hyper, and Glist to take him down on Mount Silver. To get on his good side, you have to prove your mettle against him.

Moveset:
Earthquake- (Ground-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user sets off an earthquake that hits all the PokΓ©mon in the battle.
Flamethrower- (Fire-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is scorched with an intense blast of fire. The target may also be left with a burn.
Thunder Fang- (Electric-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user bites with electrified fangs. It may also make the foe flinch or become paralyzed.
Fly- (Flying-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user soars, then strikes on the second turn. It can also be used for flying to any familiar town.
Dragon Claw- (Dragon-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user slashes the foe with huge, sharp claws.
Ancient Power- (Rock-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks with a prehistoric power. It may also raise all the user’s stats at once.

Abilities:
Pressure- The PokΓ©mon raises the foe’s PP usage.
Rock Head- Protects the PokΓ©mon from recoil damage.
Unnerve- Makes the foe nervous and unable to eat Berries.




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Mane
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Typhlosion
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Fire
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Lax
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 77
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Mane is by definition the odd duck of the bunch when it comes to Winter's team. While his team comprised mostly of Water and Ice Types, Mane was one of the weirdest friends Winter ever made. Winter was given him as a Cyndaquil by his first trainer who didn't want him anymore due to his utter hatred for Pokemon battling, not of Pokemon themselves. Surprisingly, Winter and Mane hit it off very well and he is now one of the regulars on Winter's front six as the plot twist for anyone who thinks they're fighting just a water trainer. Mane is rather lazy and enjoys laying on top of Winter when he sleeps, a habit formed as a Cyndaquil that he never grew out of. He is a fierce fighter, however, and protects Winter like a father protecting his cub. After all, he did take Mane in when no one else would.

Moveset:
Flame Wheel- (Fire-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user cloaks itself in fire and charges at the foe. It may also leave the target with a burn.
Inferno- (Fire-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks by engulfing the target in an intense fire. It leaves the target with a burn.
Swift- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. Star-shaped rays are shot at the foe. This attack never misses.
Protect- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
Double-Edge- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A reckless, life-risking tackle. It also damages the user by a fairly large amount, however.
Solar Beam- (Grass-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. A two-turn attack. The user gathers light, then blasts a bundled beam on the second turn.

Abilities:
Blaze- Powers up Fire-type moves in a pinch.
Flash Fire- It powers up Fire-type moves if it’s hit by one.




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Sumo
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Shuckle
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Bug/Rock
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ +4
Gender: Female
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Sassy
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ +4
Level: 78
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Sumo, being the Shiny Shucke she was, was always used to attention. So when Winter and his team passed on by without a second thought, she wasn't going to have any of that. She literally followed them until Winter decided to capture her...just because she wanted to be. Since then, the two have always been together. Sumo's defensive capabilities are mightily impressive despite having nearly zero offensive capabilities upon catching her. But Winter was patient and more than willing to teach her. Now, she is often found as one of the toughest opponents to take down on his team. It does take a lot of food to sustain her, however!

Moveset:
Encore- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user compels the foe to keep using only the move it last used for three to seven turns.
Power Trick- (Psychic-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user employs its psychic power to switch its Attack with its Defense stat.
Bug Bite- (Bug-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user bites the foe. If the foe is holding a Berry, the user eats it and gains its effect.
Rest- (Psychic-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user goes to sleep for two turns. It fully restores the user’s HP and heals any status problem.
Earthquake- (Ground-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user sets off an earthquake that hits all the PokΓ©mon in the battle.
Toxic- (Poison-Type) A damage dealing Status Effect. A move that leaves the target badly poisoned. Its poison damage worsens every turn.

Abilities:
Gluttony- Encourages the early use of a held Berry.
Sturdy- It is protected against 1-hit KO attacks.
Contrary- Makes stat changes have an opposite effect.




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Derp
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Quagsire
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Water/Ground
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Male
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Jolly
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 60
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Derp is a Pokemon Winter caught just because he looked like fun. A great fighter and an even greater companion, Derp is one of the weakest members of Winter's group of Pokemon simply because he doesn't put him in battle enough. That's fine with the Quagsire, as he's not really up for getting his butt knocked around either. He's more like the mascot for Winter's team and his personality. Don't get him wrong, though. He'll fight if he has to and is still a fairly tough Pokemon to beat for anyone not expecting him. His charming and derpy grin has a way for throwing unsuspecting trainers.

Moveset:
Slam- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The foe is slammed with a long tail to inflict damage.
Surf- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. It swamps the entire battlefield with a giant wave. It can also be used for crossing water.
Dive- (Water-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A two-turn attack. The user dives underwater on the first turn, then hits on the next turn.
Mud Sport- (Ground-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user covers itself with mud. It weakens Electric-type moves while the user is in the battle.
Safeguard- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user creates a protective field that prevents status problems for five turns.
Yawn- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user lets loose a huge yawn that lulls the foe into falling asleep on the next turn.

Abilities:
Damp- Prevents combatants from self-destructing.
Water Absorb- Restores HP if hit by a Water-type move.
Unaware- Ignores any stat changes in the PokΓ©mon.




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Articuno
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ +1
Pokemon: Articuno
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Ice/Flying
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Genderless
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: N/A
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 95
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: Articuno acts in any way a Legendary Bird should. While Winter did technically defeat it in battle, he decided against catching it in fear of upsetting the balance the Legendary birds set across the land of the Kanto/Johto region. He also didn't want to catch a Pokemon who wasn't willing to join him and especially one that he wouldn't be able to strategize with. Instead, they became friends. At the call of a whistle, Articuno typically shows up to aid in the fight. Winter chooses to call him in cases of extreme emergencies that the Freeze Pokemon could help him in.

Moveset:
Hail- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Status Effect. The user summons a hailstorm lasting five turns. It damages all PokΓ©mon except the Ice type.
Sheer Cold- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
Ancient Power- (Rock-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks with a prehistoric power. It may also raise all the user’s stats at once.
Ice Shard- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The user flash freezes chunks of ice and hurls them. This move always goes first.
Agility- (Psychic-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user relaxes and lightens its body to move faster. It sharply boosts the Speed stat.
Hurricane- (Flying-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks by wrapping its opponent in a fierce wind that flies up into the sky. It may also confuse the target.

Abilities:
Pressure- The PokΓ©mon raises the foe’s PP usage.
Snow Cloak- Raises evasion in a hailstorm.




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Weaville
HEALTH

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Pokemon: Weavile
ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Type: Dark/Ice
DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Gender: Female
SPECIAL ATTACK

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Nature: Impish
SPECIAL DEFENSE

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ
Level: 65
SPEED

β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ β–ˆ

Personality: If Rio is the meanest Pokemon on Winter's team, then this Weavile is the second meanest. As the newest and the weakest addition to Winter's team, she doesn't exactly find a lot of love in anywhere except combat. She falls a bit on the mischievous side and enjoys playing cruel pranks on Winter and his team. While the other Pokemon ignore her or shoot daggers in her direction, Winter stares at her with affection, like he sees something more from her than her current behavior lets on. Meanwhile, Rio keeps the Weaville from going too far, typically in a brutal fashion. Weaville is the Pokemon that likes Winter the least, making Frustration one of his more powerful moves. Winter has still not decided a name for this Pokemon.

Moveset:
Icy Wind- (Ice-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user attacks with a gust of chilled air. It also lowers the target’s Speed stat.
Dark Pulse- (Dark-Type) A damage dealing Special Attack. The user releases a horrible aura imbued with dark thoughts. It may also make the target flinch.
Hone Claws- (Dark-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. The user sharpens its claws to boost its Attack stat and accuracy.
Frustration- (Normal-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. A full-power attack that grows more powerful the less the user likes its Trainer.
Metal Claw- (Steel-Type) A damage dealing Physical Attack. The foe is raked with steel claws. It may also raise the user’s Attack stat.
Screech- (Normal-Type) A non-damage dealing Status Effect. An earsplitting screech is emitted to sharply reduce the foe’s Defense stat.

Abilities:
Pressure- The PokΓ©mon raises the foe’s PP usage.
Pickpocket- Steals an item when hit by another PokΓ©mon.




Starting Six
Flow (Vaporeon)
Hyper (Espeon)
Rio (Aerodactyl)
Mane (Typhlosion)
Sumo (Shuckle)
Lucky (Squirtle)

NOTE: Glist (Glaceon) can substitute for either Flow or Hyper at any point. Winter is typically known for it.

Sidelined (Reserved)
Glist (Glaceon) -see note above.
Derp (Quagsire)
Articuno
Weaville




History: Winter was born ironically in the summer. Both of his parents are big in their hometown where his dad is an extremely successful scientist and his mom is the local Pokemon expert. They both primarily focus on Water-Types and wish for his son to be a dominant Water-Type master. However, Winter had somewhat higher ambitions. While he never wanted to lose touch with his roots as primarily Water-Type, he wanted to expand into something much more intriguing to him. At the age of ten, he got his starter, a Squirtle he affectionately named Lucky. Together, the ventured out into the world to achieve his ultimate goal, starting small and then aiming higher and higher.

High enough to become the champion, that is.

After a legendary showdown against Lance, the interim champion who took the place of Titania after she stepped down, he took him out using only four Pokemon, earning his place in the Hall of Fame and claiming his throne as the Champion of the Kanto and Johto Region. Since then, the year has passed quite smoothly for him as he was introduced to the Region in a new light. Apart from a spar with a Team Rocket affiliate in his hometown of Celadon City, a near death experience in the Ice Path that helped him befriend a Suicune, his travels through the Johto Region with a foreigner from Terra, and a showdown against an unlikely opponent that garnered another friendship, nothing of massive significance happened to the Region as a whole.

But that didn't mean he had yet to do anything. In a promise to Titania, the former champion, he went up to Mt. Silver and challenged the unshakable robotic figure only named "Blue". The two battled, but in an unfortunate incident, one of Blue's Pokemon disappeared onto the mountain. Stopping the match, Winter offered to help her find it, making an acquaintance out of the machine. He had also helped Touko and Fuchsia City's Gym Leader investigate a mysterious crime scene in which a place only known as The Reginald Estate was vaporized by a mysterious blast.

Since these adventures, Winter has proven himself as a face to the people he now holds a public office for and has earned their trust. He hasn't stepped into the national politics as of yet, however. He hasn't even met face-to-face with Grand Champion Iris yet, even though the door is open for him.

So begins...

Winter Sakkio's Story

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"What? You think I did something to these Pokemon?!" Ak-Mun retaliated to Winter's question with a fierce outburst, as if hitting a nerve.

After being blamed for another thing, whether he did it or not, without proof, he turned to the people around the field, "I'm not perfect, you can tell by just looking at me. But this Champion i've heard so much about since being in your very welcoming city, has accused me of two things. Is this how you welcome outsiders, by judging them by how they look?"

After speaking to the crowds, he turned back to Winter, "Got anything else you want to blame me for? Any more reasons to try and justify beating up on the outsider?" Ak-Mun was aware of what he was doing; he was playing on peoples minds and heartstrings in an attempt to make him look like a good guy in this situation.

Ak-mun contemplated his next move. He had no idea what pokemon was coming next and needed to prepare something that could carry over while creating damage. While tuning out the screech himself, Steelix was unable to, taking on the horrid sound and taking a defensive loss. This Screech made him think of what he could do next to leave an effect on the field after Weavile is out.

"Steelix, Sandstorm!" Ak-Mun shouted for Steelix to hear.

Steelix let an almost digital roar and sands began to rage about. The battle ground that they stood on became a cloud of sand, effecting everythings view but the Steelix. In the midst of the Sandstorm, it was dealing a hit to the Weavile, even if minor. After a few seconds of Sandstorm, the sands settled, Ak-Muns only concern was if Weavile still stood with as weak as it was before. At the same time, Steelix's special defense would sharply rise, raising 50%. What he had lost to Screech was reversed(putting him with a +2 increase on his sp. def), and still gave Steelix a slight boost.

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The crowd began to murmur at Ak-Mun's words as they processed what he was trying to tell them. Many turned to Winter to see the rebuttle. Winter wasn't worried. In fact, his smile seemed to grow wider.

"I never said you did do something to your Pokemon," Winter replied cooly, "I was just curious as to how they were enhanced." He turned to the crowd as he recalled his beaten Weavile. "Good job, buddy. You did exceptional." he whispered to the ball before placing it on his belt and addressing the crowd.

"I think we can all infer that Steelix typically don't look like that, right?" he asked them. Some nods appeared out of the spectators. "And it would be a person's natural curiosity to ask about what method or precaution they took for their Steelix to reach that form, yes?" Some more nods. "Right. And remember when we all first discovered the power of Mega Evolution? That was some pretty neat stuff, being able to power up a Pokemon for battle much further than standard training would do. Perhaps he has found something else. It would be an interesting topic, would it not?" More murmurs of suggestion tore through the spectators like wildfire. Winter held out a hand as if he was showing Ak-Mun the crowd as an example.

"You see? It was merely curiosity that begged the question to be asked. Not out of demand. And you don't have to tell me if you don't want to. Sometimes people's business is to their own. I can respect that," Winter did raise a quizzical brow, "But you seem to have brought up the topic at your own display, however. You're being rather defensive about the situation where most people would not. And that's not accusation. It's only observation. I would also like to remind you that we are in a formal duel setting. Justification is void on that hypothetical scenario that I am 'beating' upon you. We are merely in a battle of bets here, a fairly common practice in Celadon, despite being in a very uncommon setting. And I wish to keep drama to a minimum. I came to make friends, not enemies."

He'd have to thank Titania on how to present himself in a formal battle as the Indigo Champion later. For now, he'd focus on the duel. Both him and Ak-Mun had two Pokemon left to be used. And he was glad to have seen the transaction with himself to know that this next Pokemon was to be a Steelix. He gripped the second ball on his belt and glanced at his opponent with a steely gaze...a gaze of verbal triumph.

"Now, let's continue shall we? Mane, go!"

The PokeBall popped open and out came a massive beast of a Pokemon. It definitely wasn't taller or bigger than the Darkened Steelix, but it certainly carried it's own weight. The navy blue back faced Winter as it stood on it's hind legs, facing his next opponent. His body shimmered from the heat it gave off and the ring of fire around his neck seemed to pulse with intensity. Mane turned back to face Winter, giving him a look that said Why did you wake me?

"Sorry, I knew you were napping," Winter apologized to the Typhlosion, "But I kind of need you help taking care of this Steelix for me. Think you can do that?"

Mane turned back around to look up at the Steelix's black lusterous form. It grunted a response.

"Alright then. Let's take it out! Flame Wheel!"

The Typhlosion was much much faster...more than twice as fast as the shambling Steelix. Mane curled up into a round ball, the flames across his neck growing to engulf his entire body. With an incredible power behind the strike, he slammed into the Steelix with a fiery inferno ablaze around him. Because it was a physical attack, it got around the Steelix's stronger Special Defense. However, the blow, as impressive as it was, wasn't nearly enough to knock him out in one strike. Despite the debuffing of defense Weavile had surged within the Steelix, it was still mighty in defensive power. The knock back from the force of the blow sent Typhlosion back to the initial position he started from, snorting in approval. Another couple hits like that and it would be bye-bye Steelix.

Now that action was happening again, the crowd quit speculating on their words and became engrossed in the fight.

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Ak-Mun didn't make much of a scene as the crowd picked sides, criticizing everything the two said. Ak-Mun kept quiet for a short time, allowing Typhlosion to be summoned to the field and make his attack. The Flame Wheel burrowed itself into Steelix, pushing the large beast sideways somewhat. Steelix was effected more by the Fire Wheel due to his weakness, but his defense was still beyond normal, nothing Ak-Mun worried about for the time being. As Typhlosion returned to his position, the Sandstorm picked up again, filling the air with sand. As it is a ground attack, Typhlosion was liable to take a slightly harder hit, but 1/16 damage would occur. And like that, the sands were gone again and Ak-Mun had his eyes on Winter.

And then he spoke in a low tone to Steelix, one that only the mighty Steelix would be able to hear, "Stone Edge."

Steelix massive body began to levitate off the ground and seven stones glowing with a purple energy rotated in a circular pattern in front of him. His massive spikes on his body began to spin faster and everyone could see Steelix was preparing a strong attack, how strong it was would become unveiled when all damage was applied.

To draw the attention of Winter, he responded to Winter's words, "Sometimes it is not the words, but how they are said. A person wanting to make friends doesn't accuse them of stealing."

As Ak-Mun finished his words, massive stone spikes erupted from the ground beneath Typhlosion. The attack being a ground attack, it stood as a weakness to Typhlosion also. Such a mighty attack that rose from the ground in the blink of an eye, commonly making a critical hit on the poor pokemon these spikes are used to strike against. The spikes slowly retreated into the ground, still hiding Typhlosions body behind the spikes around the center that almost formed a wall.

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Winter took note of the Steelix's body motion, realizing immediately what Ak-Mun was about to throw his way. Stone Edge had always been an issue when he'd been developing as a trainer. It was a rock move that was very powerful in it of itself and always seemed to do enough damage to knock out whoever Winter had on his side of the field. The fact that this Steelix knew this move was certainly concerning for the Indigo Champion. But Winter always came prepared...always. He was just lucky enough to notice what the Steelix was charging before it struck.

Undeterred by Ak-Mun's words, he gave his own mumbled command to Mane while the Team Rocket affiliate spoke, "Protect."

Mane closed his eyes and focused his energy. Protect was a move that was very quick to summon and proved effective immediately in any situation. So he could understand if Ak-Mun was shocked when the spike shot up...and were pushed back down by a large transparent barrier appearing beneath Mane. The Typhlosion would escape the Stone Edge at least for another turn. And that's what Winter was counting on.

"Alright, buddy! Good job with that one! Now hit 'em with an Inferno!"

The Typhlosion reared it's head back and unleashed a wicked fire that just about engulfed Ak-Mun's side of the arena, the Steelix still on it. It didn't matter how much special defense the Steelix had accumulated. There was enough force behind this strike to knock it out despite this. A burn was ensured, but that was just adding insult to injury. Many of the spectators gaped in awe as Mane was still standing on his side of the field, having taken out two of three. Only one more to go.

Winter took a breath before he spoke again, "Sometimes it's about intention, not interpretation. Words themselves are powerful, yes. But nothing can convey the message further than seeing things from a similar perspective and understanding the underlying context of these words. If you haven't noticed, I haven't blatantly accused you of anything. You've reached these assumptions all by yourself. Meaning you gathered context underneath the words I speak and leaped to this conclusion by your own thought process. Tell me, what does that say about you?"

Winter crossed his arms, knowing he had the people's favor with this one. He still held that smirk of triumph, that intense grin of knowing.

"Your move, Ak-Mun," said Winter. Mane roared a mighty roar. And the crowd went nuts.

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"Did you forget you were the one who blatantly accused me of stealing from you? Or the 'what's going on with your pokemon'... You say I have some kind of gimmick going on, like i'm a fraud. And the way you speak and stare, I know you look down on me like i'm supposed to be the bad guy. I'm used to this, getting judged immediately, so I know what you insinuate. It's fine, I know what you think, but your judgement won't go unanswered." Ak-Mun spoke in a way that made it seem like a joke, as if he was so used to it became funny.

The crowd got no rest, their minds changing directions and questioning things as they pieced together a meaning for the battle and who each person was. Out of the chatter in the crowds, a couple of punk teenagers were cheering on Ak-Mun. The trainer caught glimpse of these punk teenagers and waved to them.

"I don't know the tale on how my Pokemon got this way, but I know with all their rage and hatred for our kind, they chose me. I never had to battle these pokemon to gain their companionship, and in fact, one I rescued from from a Rocket Research Facility that tortured him. With me, they have found a new respect for some of our people, but one... one of them has yet to let go of his rage... A Pokemon that would rather die than risk going back to where he came from..."

Ak-Mun retrieved his Steelix, speaking to Steelix as he did, "He was fast, buddy. We'll bring this Typhlosion down."

The Sandstorm raged again, beating on the contenders, especially Typhlosion. Steelix was out cold, but the storm prevented his return for the moment. After the attack did it's job, two more waves of the Sandstorm would occur before it ended.

"Garydos, judge this Typhlosion like his master had done me!" He shouted as he released the Shining Black Garydos, and when out, he shouted an attack, "Hydropump!"

With the command, the massive black Garydos reared his head back like a dragon before released a massive blast of water with a spiraling stream of water around it. The Hydropump was directed right at the Typhlosion, the Garydos releasing this Hydropump almost as if he was in a dragon rage when initially released. It was clear the Garydos was here to defend itself and it's master, making such a boastful entrance into the arena.

When the Hydropump ended, Garydos focused his eyes on Winter. The Garydos let out a short spurt roar in the direction of Winter, challenging him. It would be nigh-impossible for Typhlosion to stand back up after being hit twice by the sandstorm and the mighty Hydropump. If by chance it could, the Sandstorm would finish it off.

"Garydos, that was amazing! I've never seen a Hydropump so powerful in my life!" Ak-Mun spoke to the Garydos who threw it's head up two to acknowledge without leaving Winter.

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But as the dust cleared, Winter would began speaking directly to Ak-Mun, "Don't play pity with me, Ak-Mun. Don't play pity with this crowd. Because this'll only come back to bite you in the ass later."

Amazingly enough, the Typhlosion still stood, soaked and bruised, but choosing to hang on through the Hydro Pump, through multiple Sandstorm damages, and through what would appear to be Ak-Mun's judgement. Apparently it carried less weight than either of them could anticipate. What was more amazing was that he had Solar Beam, charged up and ready to fire. Upon learning it was Gyarados, Winter had whispered his own move to Mane, who was still faster than the Black Shiny Gyarados. As he took the Hydro Pump like a champ, he charged his own barrage and now he was going to unleash it.

"Let's hit 'em with your Solar Beam, Mane!" Winter pointed and the Typhlosion delivered, sending an incredible blast of Solar Energy straight into the Gyarados. But Gyarados was Gyarados for a reason. The Black Shiny one Ak-Mun commanded wouldn't be phased much by this, especially during a Sand Storm. But every advantage was necessary, especially getting some good damage in before switching to the third.

"You have much to learn if you think you can play crowd favorites," Winter spoke, authority in his voice for the first time in front of a public showcase, "This entire fight you've been trying to derail me, trying to get into the people's head. Trying to make me look like the Arbok when in reality you've been undermining yourself this whole time. I ask a question out of curiosity and you think I'm attacking you. Kid, everybody has a gimmick. I'm not trying to make you out to be a bad guy, dude. So chill with it." The sandstorm was doing as much damage to Gyarados as it was to Typhlosion, Winter realized in this moment. He kept his cool exterior about him as he stood in front of Ak-Mun, ready to take the final hit.

"It looks like your strategies, both verbal and physical, are turning on themselves," Winter quipped.

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Garydos made a quick transition, naturally using Protect to defend against the surprise Solar Beam. The surprise attack was to no avail except to pause the fight for seconds while Winter spoke. While Winter spoke, Ak-Mun was considering his options for his next move, verbally and physically.

"I get it, you feel bad for getting called out. That sneak attack, that could have been better, such a slow attack to use..." Ak-Mun responded before taking a breathe and smirking, "Looks can be deceiving."

"Garydos, Blizzard!" Ak-Mun shouted.

The temperature immediately dropped and snow began to fill the air much like the Sandstorm. The winds began to whip, the cold cutting at Typhlosion and Winter like thousands of needles. The intense cold and weather involved with Blizzard focused its wrath of Typhlosion, continuously beating on him with no mercy. If the Typhlosion still stood, it should be weak enough to freeze, but the chances of standing after two brutal attacks.

As the Blizzard faded away, the Sandstorm raged again for the final time. The sands hid everything, hiding whether Typhlosion had fallen or not. When the sands settled, the tale would be told with Garydos standing tall and unscathed by the battle so far.

"I will say, you are a worthy opponent and are good at what you do. No matter your gimmicks, you're not someone I want to come across in battle too often."

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Winter held a slight frown on his face as he recalled his defeated Typhlosion, placing the ball against his head and whispering, "Rest easy now, buddy. You did amazing." He placed the ball on his belt before turning his attention to the scene in front of him.

Gyarados. Shadow-charged, shinied, and snarling with hate at the Indigo Champion. Winter had a flashback to when he'd fought Lance for this title he now held so dear. During that battle, he'd defeated the beast with Sumo, something that had the Dragon-Trainer in a furious frenzy. It was an unorthodox method and one that angered combatants many times. But this only heeded the warning. You don't fuckle with Shuckle...

But Winter had no intention of bringing Sumo out onto this playing field, even with the Sandstorm winds dying down finally. It appeared the storm's vitality had come to an end and it would no longer be a hassle to both him and Ak-Mun, who still appeared to have no idea that his Gyarados had taken a chunk of damage for being out in it long enough. It would be a mistake that would cost him dearly...

Winter turned to Lucky, a grin placed on his face, "Hey buddy. Is it okay if you sit this one out?"

The Squirtle nodded and gave a salute, letting him know that he understood. He probably already knew what Winter was going to do next. Winter clutched the third and final PokeBall he was going to use in this fight, but he didn't release...not just yet.

"Ak-Mun," his voice had a strange sage-like quality to it as he spoke to the Team Rocket affiliate, "When I look at you, I see a troubled past. It wasn't a happy one and it certainly wasn't an easy one. You view the world as your obstacle to triumph...your land to conquer. And I don't blame you for it. There were many hardships you had to overcome, I imagine. Threats on your life that has made you...desensitized to it all. I don't need a fancy gadget or a knowledge base in Psychology to tell me that much. The very smoke you exhale says that about you. But still, I don't blame you for it. Some things...can't be helped."

Winter lifted the sleeve of his left arm, revealing a savage burn permanently marked into the skin. Jagged lines made their way from the wrist all the way to the elbow, disappearing underneath the rolled up sleeve. "We all carry our scars, you know," Winter continued, holding his arm out in plain view of Ak-Mun and the crowd, "Both outside and in. Through the most pleasant of days and the horrendous of nights. They stick with us...a permanent remnant of our past, our mistakes, and our triumphs. It is our bond with each other, the bond of experience."

He covered the scar once more, his gaze never shifting, "When I see you, I don't see a bad person, Ak-Mun. Maybe a little misguided, sure. But definitely not someone of truly malicious intent. You can veil yourself behind any black clothing you want to. Your Pokemon can take any type they wish to. The color they morph into doesn't matter, but what's underneath that does. I know who I am at heart. And I know who you are at heart, too. That is what matters, Ak-Mun."

He gave a wink to the Shadowed Shiny Gyarados before continuing, "Now, I think it's time I unleashed my friend of fury! Rio, let's finish this!"

He threw the ball, the red light fizzling outward and revealing a massive purple dragon-like being. It's wingspan was huge and it's claws seemed to cut the air around it by how sharp they were. Rio's teeth gleamed with intensity and his eyes were lit up with fire and hatred...just as much as his Gyarados carried if not more. The Aerodactyl roared as it took flight, causing many of the audience members to look up with a wide-eyed expression. Two very strong and very fast creatures were about to go head-to-head...the winner would decide the match.

Winter already knew the advantages. Rio was faster, surprisingly much faster than Gyarados would be. Gyarados would have the advantage in power however, and would hit pretty hard. Winter knew this would be it. Speed vs. Power. Which would have the advantage here.

"Okay, Rio! Let's teach these two how we became the Indigo Champion!" Winter shouted optimistically. A clever use of phrasing considering he used Rio to finish off Lance and claim the title. "Ancient Power!"

The Aerodactyl hovered as he began to charge up a rather solid beam...a beam that would strike from a distance. The rock would find it's mark, smashing into the Gyarados quite vigorously. That combined with the overall effects the sandstorm had on him would likely bring him to half strength. Winter held his breath, wondering what kind of move the Gyarados would have within him to retaliate.

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With time to react, Ak-Mun passed on his command order to Garydos, "Hyper Beam!"

At first, it would appear as though a Hyper Beam was actually focusing, but that energy quickly changed appearance. Ice crystals formed around the maw of Garydos as a spiralling ball of frozen energy rage in front of the pokemons face. Garydos had no intentions of using this attack, but it was the attack that formed. This attack seemed to be what Garydos's subconcious registered as Hyper Beam, capable of bolstering the same explosive power, making it seem like the natural thing to do.

"Garydos! What are you doing?!" Ak-Mun shouted.

The Garydos looked back for a split second and Ak-Mun could see it in his eyes that it wasn't a refusal, in fact, it was confirmation that he was in awe himself. After the look, the Ancient Power was released and the Ice Beam launching shortly after. The Ice Beam roared forward as light blue beam with white snow and frost that spiralled around it. As the beam passed, ice crystals formed in the air that fell to the ground.

Ak-Mun knew himself that this attack could put a hurting on Garydos, and Garydos has already shown he is capable of defending himself in split-second decisions. When the blasts collided, a wave of white and blue energy exploded, creating a wall of snow and ice between the two parties. In the center, the energy was creating an orb that ground into the main stone. Garydos stared through the snow at the Aerodactyl as if he could see through the snow wall. Ak-Mun didn't know what to expect, but as the energy grew stronger and began blowing against himself, he crossed his arms over his face and braced for impact as he had a good idea of was about to happen.

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Winter could feel power rushing past him with the wind brought on by the two attacks colliding in the air the way they did. The orb of energy was growing larger, the ground beneath it collapsing. Many of the front circle spectators were now stepping back a few paces, worried about how contained this attack would be. The Indigo Champion had his own concerns as he glanced back at Lucky. "Get behind me!" he shouted over the surging of energy in the air. The Squirtle did not hesitate as he hopped behind his best friend. Winter crossed his arms and braced for impact.

The explosion was massive. A mixture of ice, snow, and rock shot out from the central sphere formed by the two beams, an impenetrable wall for both combatants to be hit by. A humongous bang followed, shaking the ground around them as if it were a Magnitude 4 Earthquake, not damaging to their immediate surroundings, but enough to jostle the ground beneath them. Winter shut his eyes and lowered his head, hoping Ak-Mun would do the same. He waited for everything to settle around them before looking up again.

For a few moments, nothing was visible as ice particle, snowflakes, and bits of pebbles rained down softly in front of them. Dust was everywhere. Winter couldn't even see Rio among the clouds of battle, much less Gyarados and Ak-Mun. Peering up, he saw how high the clouds spread, noting that they would be visible throughout the entirety of Celadon City, perhaps even some people close enough to the area. That was one incredible blast.

Looking back down towards the battlefield, he made out a silhouette amongst the lingering dust clouds...the silhouette of an Aerodactyl.

"Woo hoo!" Winter practically leaped three feet high, pumping his fist as he did so, "Thank Arceus you're okay, Rio!"

Rio snorted and shook off the snow and ice that had chose to rest on him and his wings. Meanwhile, the dust was clearing enough to the point where the makeshift battlefield was becoming visible. Patches of snow were everywhere, coating the field in white. But that's not what grabbed the spectator's attention. What did that was the massive hole that rested in the center of the field, a reminder of the blast everyone had just witnessed.

That'll be an issue for travelers... Winter thought as he made a mental note to donate some money to the mayor and help the city rebuild the road while the dust cleared on the other side of the crater, revealing Ak-Mun and Gyarados and how they fared from the blast.

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The explosion happened and Ak-Mun's vision went white with the fury of the ice and snow. There wasn't much he could do but cover his face with his arms and dig his feet into the ground. When the blast was over, Ak-Mun waited impatiently to see if Garydos still stood. Alas, the mighty dragon still stood with small ice-cycles hanging off of his mouth.

The black Garydos stood tall, but it was easy to notice his heavy breathing and the anger in his eyes. Garydos was standing by sheer will power and nothing more, something Ak-Mun took notice to a lot, contemplating whether to end it or go on. The thought occurred before Garydos let a massive roar towards the Aerodactyl and broke into an Outrage on the ancient beast. Garydos bit, blasted, and beat against the Aerodactyl in an unforgiving rage that went on for some time.

When the attack ceased, Garydos gave Winter a harsh stare before he hit the ground. Garydos fell to the ground, his head falling backwards to land beside Ak-Mun. Ak-Mun didn't watch to see how Aerodactyl responded, watching only Garydos. Ak-Mun retrieved his Garydos and looked at Winter, wondering if Aerodactyl still flew or what his condition was.

Ak-Mun said nothing till everything with the battle was said and done. His team had been beaten, but not without trying. In fact, Ak Mun had never been forced to battle with this much power, having just evolved his Pokemon and knowing attacks that he had seen before. He still had his bases covered and prepared whatever could be said or done by Winter.

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But Winter didn't even let the Outrage breach the surface of existence. With a sudden finger jab forward, the Indigo Champ decided to end this conflict, here and now, before any more damage could be done to the roadway. He knew it wasn't Ak-Mun's intention to take out a street in the duration of a battle, but he thought it best not to push it.

"Rio, let's finish this right! Thunder Fang, go!"

The Aerodactyl let loose a mighty roar before charging forward, it's teeth crackling with an electricity that would rip the Gyarados a sunder. Gyarados would be focused on charging forward with it's attack to dodge. Unfortunate for it, however, as Rio was superior in speed and would unleash the bite of his own before the Gyarados could do what it wished to. Not to mention how vulnerable it was to Electric-Type moves, much more vulnerable than any standard Water-Types.

Gyarados collapsed, his head landing beside Ak-Mun. Rio flew in the center of the arena to gather all the attention. A chorus of applause and whistles erupted as the fight had reached it's end. Winter proved his mettle as a trainer and a champion.

"Rio, return!" Winter called forth the PokeBall and the Aerodactyl obliged. Smiling politely as he retrieved his PokeDex, he disabled the application that had been used to create the equal strength between the combatants, glancing up as the arena barrier receded around them. The applause carried through as Winter stepped around the massive crater they made together and met Ak-Mun on the other side.

"You are a great fighter and a skilled combatant, I must say," he said with sincerity behind his tone, "You fared much better than Lance ever did. That alone makes you commendable by a larger margin than standard trainers."

Murmur went through the crowd at the mentioning of the interim Champion Winter had beaten to claim his spot as the Indigo Champion. This was the first time any information about the Champion-tier battle had been spoken outside of the Indigo League other than the fact that Winter had won. No one knew it was by as large a margin as it was.The spectators watched as Winter extended a hand for the other boy to shake.

"Thank you for the opportunity to battle," Winter added with a smile.

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"You're the first real battle i've ever had... no strategy... nothing but bullish moves that are easily knocked down. One day we'll battle again and that field won't be in place..." Ak-Mun spoke as he attempted to take off.

Before Ak-Mun could fully turn around, he was nearly tackled by the nurse that was flirting with him earlier. After a long, tight, hug, she let go and took hold of his pokeballs. Ak-Mun looked at the nurse like she was crazy, but at the same time he saw her desire to care and please.

"Your Pokemon are beautiful, Ak-Mun! I've never seen such magnificently colored Pokemon in all my life... But with such a handsome and strong trainer like you, I see where they get their looks." The nurse spoke as she winked and turned to take his pokemon inside for treatment.

As the nurse walked off, Ak-Mun turned back to Winter, where he'd notice the teenagers watching him earlier come towards him. Even if Ak-Mun wanted to get another word in with Winter, he didn't have a chance. Noticing he was going to have some Q&A, he took off into the Pokecenter to exit the scene and get away from the others.

Once inside, Ak-Mun answered the teenagers questions, showed them his swords, and even gave them his pokedex number so that they could all communicate. Ak-Mun knew he had followers in this group of people, and with such, made him more welcomed here and able to do business without being deemed a bad guy at every sight.

After a few minutes, the nurse came and ran off the people. When the Pokecenter was cleared out and the night shift nurse took over, she moved over to Ak-Mun, wrapping his left hand around the back of his neck and plopping into his lap. With a innocent smile and sparkle in her eye, she used her charm to ask Ak-Mun a question, "My shift is over. Where are we going for dinner?"

Ak-Mun didn't respond for a minute, pondering on what she really wanted from him, "I don't know, i'm not from here. What do you suggest?"

"We could stop by a Ramen shop and go to my place. We can watch a movie, eat some dinner, and relax. I'm sure you're tired and need a place to stay for the night, so what do you think?" She spoke, brushing her red bangs to the side as she blinked slowly.

"Ah..er...uh..." Ak-Mun started to blush when it hit her she was serious, "Okay. Lead the way."

With that, the nurse and Ak-Mun took off into the city. People looked at him, some good, some bad, as the two passed through the city till they reached their final destination. From that point on, if anyone wanted to know what happened, they'd have to question the walls.

The next morning, Ak-Mun woke up with a throbbing headache and wrapped around the nurse, hidden within thin sheets that covered the two from the waist down. Ak-Mun turned his head to the nurse who was smiling in her sleep and pecked her on the forehead before he got out of the bed and got dressed. Ak-Mun left a note with his number on her night stand and slipped out the front door and back into the city.

It was morning time and Ak-Mun wanted to find Winter. He needed to know how to obtain Gym Badges and fight the league Winter just fought. Good or bad, Ak-Mun wanted to be a pokemon master after this battle and losing.

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Winter didn't even bother cutting in with an interjection to Ak-Mun's statement. Truth be told, he used some bullish moves and some simple sets in fighting the boy. He didn't bother with strategy because he didn't need it with him. He didn't even use some of his elite fighters. Weavile was the least experienced on Winter's team to begin with and Mane was his style switcher. Rio was the only high-octane performer and was capable of bringing down such brutes like Gyarados. Had he wanted to really been unfair, he would've won the fight with just one Pokemon. But it was more than that. Ak-Mun may have had some power hitters, but he was nowhere near developed a trainer as the Indigo Champion was. Winter even saw Ak-Mun evolving his Pokemon right before battling him. He knew this would be his first test fight with them. He took it easy on the lad and beat him by the margin he needed to beat him by. Ak-Mun may have not known it, but Winter was in control of this fight from start to end.

Still, that also didn't mean he implemented no strategy. Rio was set up the way he was for a reason. Same for Mane and Weavile. There was some strategy in the moves they learned and the way they performed them. Each Pokemon on Winter's team had their role...even the ones who weren't on his main team of six. Like Weavile. They knew how to be effective together and perform like a team, some more disapproving of that concept than others. Nevertheless, it was why they worked so well together.

As Ak-Mun walked away with the nurse from the Pokemon Center, the Regional Champion was swarmed by countless trainers of old and young. The media stood from the far grounds, taking pictures and writing down notes. News reporters had their films rolling the entire time and the impromptu interviews would begin. Winter suddenly found himself in front of a variety of cameras, microphones, and people of various shapes and sizes.

"Yes Dave, and I am here in the middle of Celadon City with the new Champion of the Kanto and Johto Region, Winter Sakkio! Winter, this was your very first battle as the reigning champion to the public view. Was this battle any different from your other battles now that you have the word 'Champion' listed beside you name?"

Winter smiled politely at the reporter, "No, I don't think so. A title is just a title. I wouldn't dare change my team, strategy, or anything just because I'm the current Champion."

"And Winter, how did this battle go?"

"It was alright, I guess. I did what I needed to do to win."

"Now, there were words said between the two of you that seemed to be as tactical as the fight itself. Can you explain what that was all about?"

"Nothing of too much significance. I was curious about the nature his Pokemon seemed to express themselves with and he didn't take too kindly of that, so...it's natural to be curious to a new form of training the world had yet to be seen. He didn't want to explain it. It's all fine, though."

"And your theories on what might be the cause of their unique appearance?"

Winter merely shrugged, "Your guess is as good as mine. Had I not had the simulation running, I would've scanned them into my PokeDex to see if anything different popped up. But y'know...only so much that can be done."

"Alright Winter. Thank you for your time."

"Thank you," Winter shook the reporter's hand and turned to Lucky, "Alright buddy. Let's go to the Gym! Maybe watch a few battles before we hit the sack."

"Squir squir!" the Squirtle nodded excitedly and hopped onto Winter's back. The duo made their way to the outlandish mushroom-coated building that stood out from the rest, an air of confidence in their step and a surge of understanding in their smiles.




The next morning, Winter was already gone. He'd left Celadon City early, taking his buddies with him. No one saw him leave and no one knew where he was heading next. The Mayor would open his bank account to notice he received a generous donation of 130,000 Poke, the exact amount Ak-Mun had stolen from the League Champion. With it came a little note, saying this:

Sorry about the hole in the roadway. This should more than suffice to repair the damages. You can use the rest to better the town to your liking.
Sincerely,
Winter Sakkio

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"Squirrrrrr-tle!" Lucky crossed his arms over his chest and shivered from the cold, all the while staring at Winter indignantly.

"Oh, come on buddy," Winter tried to reassure him, "We need to be at our best when we go up against that android Titania told us about. This climate training will do wonders in helping out with that!"

The trainer could hear the distant grumble in his best friend's throat. Lucky seemed very distant towards the idea as they made their way through the Ice Path. Winter could sympathize. He was pretty cold too. He purposefully dressed a little bit lighter than one should be upon crossing through this terrain so as to strengthen himself to the conditions. Mount Silver was a cold place after all. And if Winter could make it here with nothing more than a parka and a sweatshirt, he could make it there fully prepared.

Winter continued to keep the mood light, "Remember when we took this path through to get to Blackthorne City and beat Veena to the Gym Badge? Man, Glist loves this place...I can understand why."

Lucky hopped onto Winter's side and proceeded to tap the PokeBalls, letting Winter know he should probably let them explore.

Winter understood immediately, "Oh, you're right! They didn't get much chance to explore last time, did they? Alright, come on out guys!"

A bunch of noise was made as the PokeBalls on Winter's belt were opened one by one, releasing the Pokemon inside. Flow, Hyper, and Glist were the first three out. The Eevelutions immediately swarmed Winter with love and warmth. Winter was nearly knocked onto his butt by their affection.

He laughed, "Okay, guys. Settle down. Go explore for a bit. Find some interesting things."

Glist was the first to oblige by this. The Glaceon was home in this ice world and he wanted revel in it much longer than he got to the last time he was here. He set off towards the walls, looking up at them expectantly. Hyper and Flow set off together, looking for anything interesting that stood out.

Derp was the next to come out. The Quagsire tapped his foot against the ice and appeared to study it, "Sssssiiiiirre?" it seemed to asked curiously. Winter laughed again.

"It's only ice buddy," Winter explained, "You haven't been around it, have you?" The Quagsire began to walk slowly off, his eyes captivated by the crystal world in which he walked in...or rather slipped in. The next second, Derp was face first on the ice, sliding forward from his own momentum.

"Careful buddy! It's slippery!" Winter called out.

Lucky knew Sumo chose to stay in the ball because she didn't really like to go anywhere. Not that she could go anywhere fast anyway. She was about as quick as any regular Shuckle could be. Nor did he let Rio out. In the confines of the cavern, a Flying-Type could be very destructive. and the Aerodactyl was known for being destructive. Mane was even a worse choice, as he Fire-Type would only cause the area around them to melt and flood, creating a very dangerously lethal situation. Unfortunately, those three could join Winter this time.

Lucky was a bit hesitant to approach the last Pokemon on his belt, staring up at Winter because he wanted the trainer to make the decision. Winter knew what the hesitation was about, but gave a shrug in response.

"Yeah, let her out. She's one of the team. And she deserves it after Ak-Mun."

The Squirtle nodded and opened the ball, a Weavile hopping out. She seemed to glance around at her surrounding disapprovingly before turning back to Winter, a skeptical look in her eyes that seemed to say, Is this all a trick or something?

"Go have fun with everyone else," Winter said with a warm smile, "No combat today. You had a lot of that yesterday with that Charizard."

The Weavile harrumphed and crossed her arms as she walked over to a very pretty ice pillar and sat down beneath it. Winter sighed and rubbed the back of his head. Their journey together had never been great from the get-go. The Weavile was an experiment case from the labs of an unknown group Winter didn't even bother to learn the name of at the time. All he knew back then was that he stumbled into a very dark and evil place and he had to do something about it. So, he saved her. They were memories he wanted to forget...memories he wanted to keep to himself. And the only proof that such an event happened was Weavile herself.

Despite Winter saving her, the damage had been done. Weavile just wasn't receptive of people or Pokemon, proving to be a rather anti-social individual in general. She kept mostly to herself and didn't interact much with the other members of his team...not even Arty. Winter had considered releasing her to the wild many times, but feared that by doing so, the people he took her from would be getting her back. So long as she was with Winter, she was safe. She may not appreciate it, but Winter didn't care. Any life was better than the life she lived.

"I still need to figure out a name for you," Winter lamented as he stared at the Weavile. Lucky walked up in a friendly manner like he always tried to do and offered her an Oran Berry. The Weavile ignored him like always, turning her head away from him to show her disinterest. Lucky frowned from another failed attempt and walked back over to Winter, who had begun to rub his arms to keep them warm.

"Hot damn, it's actually cold," Winter shivered as Winter climbed onto his back, "But we can do this! I know we can!"

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Shantra walked to the mouth of the cave that she made her home. She was well rested and from the sound of her tummy rumbling... very hungry. She didn't know where she would get her food, but she did know that she would have to go and look for it. She looked around, then lifted her head to breathe in the icy air around her. She then set out to find some food.

Walking softly on paws that were designed for the cold, Shantra lifted her head to sniff the air and help her find food. She had excellent hearing to know if there was another pokemon or trainer in the area. She stopped when she heard a noise and listened more intently. Hearing the sound of other pokemon, Shantra walked slowly closer so that she could see hear better.

She didn't know if she wanted to be visible to the others, not knowing if they were wild pokemon in the area, but she knew that she would have to keep an eye on them. She was curious by nature and would eventually let them see her, but she didn't want them to see her right away and get scared. So she would watch and wait to see what they were up to.

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"Sssssire?" Derp was walking as slowly as he could manage, trying to keep his feet steady on the slippery ice below him. Still, the Quagsire was starstruck by the beautiful frozen crystals formed around them all. The ice beneath them was as flat as it could be, almost polished. A couple snow drifts piled up against the far side wall. More snow rested on the path ahead, void of any tracks in it. Derp noticed and began to make his way towards it, shuffling along at a slow waddle.

At this point, the Espeon and Vaporeon had begun playing around him, circling them while they tried to get the other's tail. It was something they had done since they were Eevees, before Winter found and rescued them some time ago. It was also a fun thing to do...that is when they weren't in someone's way. This someone this time was Derp, who got distracted easily by the actions of Hyper and Flow and ended up falling on his butt, causing some snow to shift around them. The Eevolutions looked back and began to laugh. Derp, unsure of what to do, laughed along with them.

Winter managed a slight chuckle through chattering teeth, "Be careful, now. Don't want those things to fall on anyone." He pointed upwards. The three Pokemon followed their gaze to discover a cluster of icicles above them. They immediately scattered from beneath it.

Glist continued to walk around the edge of the cavern, looking at the ice walls and soaking in the natural frozen beauty. He ignored everything his brother and sister were doing. The Weavile watched from a distance, pointing at them and laughing cruelly. It was the only fits of laughter Winter ever saw her in. But it was laughter nonetheless.

Lucky noticed the trembling form of his best friend beneath his own body. Lucky looked down to notice that his arms were crossed and he was trying hard to keep focus up. Concerned, the Squirtle tapped the boy's shoulder and got his attention. "Squir?" he asked, translating to You okay?

Winter gave Lucky a reassuring smile, "I'll be fine. I need to resist the cold at least a little bit. Otherwise, I'm not sure I could handle it up on Mount Silver."

Lucky was hesitant to simply accept that answer. He didn't agree with this idea. There were better ways to deal with the cold than risking one's life by traversing through the Ice Path without a strong jacket or at least some thermals.

Suddenly, Glist stopped. His eyes had widened slightly, as if he couldn't believe what he'd just saw. Winter and Lucky hadn't noticed this. Neither did Flow, Hyper, or Derp. But Weavile did.

"Hrm?" Weavile got up, approaching Glist slowly, "Wea-viiile?" she stated in almost a condescending tone, one that said What's up? One icicle scarier than the rest? But her eyes gleamed with genuine intrigue. Especially since Glist didn't react that way often.

Winter did notice Weavile moving towards Glist. "Huh? What's up?" he moved towards her at a hesitant pace, unsure of what was going on.

Little did they know Glist had just seen a Suicune.

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Shantra watched Glist as she slowly walked deeper in the woods. She knew that he would try to tell his trainer, but it would be hard to find her if she did not want to be found.

She turned her head so that she could see where she was going and ran to the cave that she had made into her home. She didn't know how long they would be there, but she decided that she would watch them and find out where they were going and if they were sent to find her. She was still hungry, but she knew that would have to wait.

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Glist had turned around and was chattering to Weavile rapidly. Weavile seemed to scoff and put down Glist's claims. But he continued to point in that direction. Now the other Pokemon were gathering around, trying to figure out what it was that Glist saw.

Winter knew the Glaceon had seen something at this point, "Alright, buddy. I'll go check it out. You guys wait here."

The current Champion of the Kanto/Johto Region began moving towards the direction Glist had pointed out. The rest of Winter's team gathered together, watching him go forward to prove Glist's theory correct.

"Squir squir?" Lucky asked, as if he was saying Think we're actually going to run into a Suicune?

"I don't know what's ahead, buddy," Winter replied, looking around as they went deeper into this wooded area, "I guess we'll find out."

A sharp wind cut through the young teen, causing Winter to lift his hands to his sleeves, "Woah! Jeezums!" he muttered as he began rubbing his arms for warmth. All the while, he kept a careful gaze around, trying to spot something different around here. Something moving. The thick trees around them didn't help, nor did the wind that seemed to be picking up, bringing snow to his face. Now Winter was starting to have second thoughts about his actions.

"Everyone's safe back in that s-segment of the cave, right L-Lucky?" Winter looked over his shoulder to the Squirtle, who nodded as he took his own gander back from where they came. They would be protected from the wind chill so long as they stayed put.

F-f-f-fuck me, this is cold!" Winter chattered as he made his way further. Lucky's concern for his best friend grew considerably as he watched his friend practically braving the elements without preparation. He was cold himself, but at least he had a shell he could use to protect himself from the cold. Winter had no such thing to his advantage. Lucky knew this wasn't going to end well if they didn't find cover and quick.

And finally, the Squirtle spotted salvation. Through the trees and blowing snow, Lucky saw a cave at one of the walls. "Squir! Squir!" he pointed frantically at it, trying to get Winter to see it.

Winter squinted with effort in the direction his buddy was pointing, "Al...Alright...W-W-We'll t-t-try th-there..." he managed to get out.

But the weather had taken it's toll on the boy. Winter had a singular moment of clarity where he couldn't feel anything. His whole body was numb. The wind continued to beat on him, the snow constantly hitting his face and stinging his eyes. It punished him for not bringing the proper materials needed to pass through the Ice Path.

Winter suddenly stopped, causing Lucky to look down in horror at the trainer. He had pushed it too far.

"I...just..." he mumbled before collapsing in the snow.

"Squir!?" Lucky cried as he began to fall himself. Being a Pokemon, though, he has his resistances as well as his training and so he action rolled the moment he hit the ground. Turning back, he grabbed Winter's arm and began tugging him towards the mouth of the cave they were directly in front of.

Winter wasn't responsive. He was so cold to Lucky's touch. Lucky knew this would get bad if they didn't do something. Winter would die if he stayed out here. But Lucky wasn't sure what he could do. He didn't have the strength to pull a 170 pound teenager very far. He knew he could try to make it back to everyone else and have them help, but it might take too long and he wasn't sure it would work. He could try releasing Mane and having the Typhlosion carry him to safety, but that would risk everyone's lives if the ice melted.

He needed help and quick.

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Shantra watched as the trainer and his Pokemon stumbled in front of her cave. She wondered why they would come this far into the woods unprotected from the cold. She walked slowly towards the entrance, but stopped when she saw the trainer fall. She didn't know what to do, but she knew that she had to get him into the cave before he froze to death.

Walking to the mouth of the cave, Shantra lifted her head and sniffed the air. She didn't know if there were any wild pokemon in the area and wanted to make sure that it was safe before she walked out into the woods. She kept her eyes on the fallen trainer making sure that he was not frozen. She sniffed around him, then looked at the other pokemon before lowering her head to grab the trainer by the collar so she could drag him towards the cave and shelter.

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Lucky froze as he saw the Legendary Beast emerge from the cave, inhaling sharply at it's magnificent grace. It was similar to the feeling he got when they'd first run into Arty. There were always stories and cool experiences some had with incredible Pokemon like that, but nothing ever beat the experience of running into a Legendary...seeing it before one's very eyes. Even if it had already happened before. The Squirtle was struck with awe.

Then before he knew it, The Suicune had grabbed Winter's collar with her teeth and began to pull him towards the mouth of the cave. Lucky had forgotten for half a second that Winter was in trouble. Now, a small feeling of relief was flowing through him. The Suicune was helping him. Eagerly and with much haste, Lucky followed them to the mouth of her cave. As they took cover within the smooth ice cavern, Lucky immediately felt a shift in temperature...a warmer one. It wasn't very hot...actually, it was still the opposite. But it was away from the wind chill and the piling snow outside, making it feel warmer by comparison. Lucky continued to look over the unconscious teen's face, making sure he was somewhat stable. Hopefully, he would wake up soon...

"Thank you," the Squirtle said to the Suicune, extremely grateful for her actions. "I wasn't sure what I would've done had you not been around."

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"Man, I've never missed the sun more than I do now!"

"Squir squir!" came Lucky's agreeing statement as he sat on his best friend's backpack while he walked. It was a beautiful day outside. There wasn't a cloud in sight and the sun knew it, filling Blackthorn City with nice, beautiful rays. The air was a tad bit nippy, but nowhere near the bite it carried two days prior while he was walking the Ice Path. The air that had nearly killed him. But with every life endangering event the current Champion of the Kanto and Johto region endured, he seemed to make a new friend. Shantra saved his life and he'd never forget that. And now he had a new ally he could call upon if things were taking a turn for the worse.

Yep, Winter Sakkio didn't live a standard life. A Champion never did. But he enjoyed every part of the adventure...even the ones that left him collapsing from the cold.

Unfortunately, that feeling wasn't mutual with Lucky, who kept grabbing his arm from behind and checking for any permanent damage. Winter had to laugh as the Squirtle inspected his fingers for the zillionth time, "I'm fine! I promise! No hypothermia. No frostbite. Everything is all good."

Lucky didn't put his arm down without a harrumph, "Squirr..."

"I know. Going through Ice Path without a jacket wasn't a good idea. But I couldn't think of any other way to do resistance training. Mount Silver's supposed to be worse. I wanted to get a good feel of what I was jumping into when I told Titania I'd take care of it."

The look Lucky gave him said everything. Oh, you got a good feel alright...

"It all worked out in the end," Winter gave him a warm care-free smile back, "And now we've met and befriended a Suicune. I still need to find a way to pay her back, though." He stopped when he saw a girl walking towards him, heading towards the Ice Path, tampering with her PokeDex. She was a very large girl, around six foot with a large and burly body, her eyes matching a soft complexion. Her curly brown hair fell around her and bounced as she walked. On her head rested a Swablu, a fairly content bird that seemed to naturally enjoy her gaze upon the world.

Winter passed a small wave, forgetting for the moment that he was a Champion. "Hey. How's it going?" he said, a light tone in his voice and much warmth in his words.

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"Winter, right?" Smiling faintly at him, the dimples in her cheeks naturally emphasing the action. Admittedly though she was over 20, she did look like she could be an older teen. Snorting a bit as Swablu began flapping his wings gently from the top of her head. "You wann go talk too? That's fine with me Swabs."

"Swablu!" Came the happy responce, jumping down on her shoulder for a quick snug before making his way down to the ground- intentionally perching on a rather clean bit of rock that was mostly level.

Em couldn't help snorting very faintly at him- but in all honesty she was thinkful her Pokemon friend was willing to exxagerate things until she could more properly read his intent. It was almost like he was becoming some charming little actor- like Robin Williams, or Adam Sandler in his early days. Then refocusing her attention on Winter. "I uh... I'm pretty new to all this, what with not even being from this world... Let alone region. If you have some advice for newbies?" Fidgeting a bit as her growth visibly sped up, slipping into a meditative breathing exercise in order to stop it. She hoped Winter didn't find that too weird, but at this point she didn't much care what other people said either.

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Winter froze for a second. I've only been to Blackthorn City once, he thought. How does she know my name?

Then the realization kicked in as he remembered his position once more and then smile returned, "Uh-huh! You got it!"

"Squir squir!" Lucky bounded off his back and action rolled to greet the perching Swablu, extending a paw for him to shake.

Winter laughed as he did so, "Don't mind Lucky. He's very friendly."

The Squirtle started his own conversation with the Swablu, while Winter continued his with the girl in front of him, "Huh, not from this world? There was a time where that would've been crazy news to hear. Nowadays, such things to hear is second nature."

"But, that isn't what you asked of me. I'd say the best advice I can give is to do your own thing and find your own way. I know the prize of Champion is a big and legendary one, but if such a prize doesn't make you happy to get, then don't try to go for it. That's not to discourage you from giving it a shot. I'm just saying you should do what makes you and your new Swablu happy. Enjoy the journeys you two have while you're here or wherever you go. If you're having fun on the way, then anything is worth it."

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"That's why I chose Swabs is he was the friendliest of them... Got right to trying to preen my mess of hair." Unable to help laughing once again as she thought about that, somehow comforted by the memory... Enough so that she shrank down to about 5'6". "And he seems to exaggerate his actions to help cross the language boundary." Turning to watch him and Lucky a moment now, noting how subdued the Swablu's behavior was when compared to how he conversed with her.

She thought a moment before turning back to reply to Winter's advice. "Aight... Since he seems fairly showy, I'll probably see if there's contests besides contests of toughness and combat prowess... I mean that's what I want, but there's gotta be some compromise, right?"

She found herself extending a hand awkwardly as she realized she hadn't introduced herself yet, though she didn't seem that nervous about it after the initial moment of realization. "Em Sparks. Nice to meet you. I've always lived as something of a nomad anyway, the challenge will be not to charge into the fights myself." Remembering the previous time she'd come to this world when she was about nine years old, and how she'd beaten that angry Machoke into a pulp all too easily.

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