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Z-Force Associate

The lowest ranking members within the Z-Force, they nonetheless have a strong loyalty to their cause.

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

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A philanthropic organization led by a wealthy Malamar that is dedicated to carrying out and designing projects that address and aid common issues plaguing Ruulans, while providing an outlet for success that anyone can participate in.

Description

Appearance
All Associates typically sport a black military uniform complete with a garrison cap. The uniforms are trimmed or bordered with colors one usually finds on Malamar, and sport bright yellow buttons akin to the spots on a Malamar's body. Pokemon Associates may wear however much of the uniforms they wish.

Personality
Most Associates demonstrate a fierce loyalty to their jobs and their organization and often speak highly of the benefits they receive compared to employees elsewhere. Associates are uniformly professional in most capacities and are proud of their strong success in the Associate Training Program that they had to pass. When required to fight, they showcase a burning desire to do their superiors proud.

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Equipment
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Z-Aid Kit
A nifty First Aid Kit that every Associate is required to carry alongside other equipment. Each Z-Aid Kit consists of enough items to reliably treat up to one Trainer and two Pokemon.

Z-Ball
A special modified Luxury Ball that Zoltan had mass produced for the Z-Force. Every Associate is required to carry two extra ones beyond the ones they keep their partner Pokemon in. Pokemon Associates are not required to carry any.

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Typical Pokemon
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Associates typically use a variety of Pokemon. Pokemon within the Z-Force as Associates themselves can be of almost any type.

So begins...

Z-Force Associate's Story

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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Lukas would find his casual trip interrupted by two individuals who were wearing their hair short. Both sported a black military inspired uniform, complete with a peaked cap. The two young women wore pleated skirts and thighhighs with boots that were well kept as they ran forward to interact with Lukas. Their uniforms were trimmed and bordered with colors one would find on a Malamar, and the coats sported bright yellow buttons akin to the spots on a Malamar's body. Both women had separate hairstyles however: One black and straight with green highlights, draping to her shoulders at its longest; the other had a messy, short, and unkempt style with purple highlights throughout.

"Hail, Trainer! We must ask that you progress no further down this pathway! An intensive scouting mission is underway courtesy of the Z-Force to approve a project that would allow us to provide Hau'oli City with several exciting upgrades in the years to come."

"However, if you simply must past, you can donate to the development of the city and surrounding areas. A 1,000 Poke minimum is all we'd need, though we'll graciously accept more."

"If you don't want to donate, you can either wait until we're finished, or try and beat us in a Multi Battle. 'Bewear', though; we're tough!"


A quick overview of the pair revealed that each had four heavily modified Luxury Balls, and a rectangular kit with a large logo in the shape of a stylized "Z" emblazoned on it. These items were attached to a belt that each of the women were wearing.

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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The young trainer stopped, feeling a sense of deja vu run through his body as he gathered the two's appearance. Encounters like these were ones he was rather familiar with. It took him back to the days where he was actually embarking on his Island Challenge and would be challenged by Team Skull members. Most of which were rather easy to handle, even though they acted tough. Lukas didn't look upon them with any less caution than he did if he were actually fighting a legitimate trainer, but he couldn't shake the feeling of overbearing toughness they were trying to put off.

Let's put that to the test then...

"Oh cool!" Lukas's eyes lit up, "A few new challengers to the island! It's been a while since I've met someone else!" He actually looked like a standard twelve year old kid excited to meet someone else.

"Well, my friend's waiting for me in the Malasada Shop and while I'd love to take the scenic route to Hau'oli City, I can't afford to right now. So let's do a double battle real quick! And if I lose, well I don't mind paying, but I would rather not. So I'm just gonna win instead!"

He scratched his chin, postulating which of his first two team members he was going to lead with. He looked specifically at two PokeBalls on his belt, the one on his far left of the belt and the one in the right middle in particular. He nodded approvingly at the set-up he had in mind.

"Alright, I'm ready when you are!" his excitement bubbled into his expression as his inner adventurer came into full view. It had been a while since he'd had a real good fight and he was hoping to get one now.

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Z-Force Associate Violet sends out Vanilluxe!
Z-Force Associate Hazel sends out Crabominable!

The two Pokemon emerged from their Poke Balls, now positioned in front of their trainers. Vanilluxe immediately moved to eject a thick and expansive layer of snow and hail from itself, cloaking the local area very swiftly in very icy conditions.

Vanilluxe's Snow Warning
It started to hail!

The woman with green highlights performed a pose with her arms reminiscent of the letter Z before adopting a stance dedicated to battling. The woman with unkempt purple highlights performed the same pose, and took her own stance. They both seemed incredibly serious somehow, seemingly unaware of whom exactly they were battling.

"I advise you quit now, trainer! You do not need to interfere with our efforts!"

"Don't go running home to your mom after we thrash you! Although you look familiar..."

Their two Pokemon both seemed ready to go, the Crabominable pounding it's massive arms on the ground while the Vanilluxe tried to look threatening, ejecting a small cloud of snow and ice around itself as it put on its angriest face.

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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Lukas felt the pull of battle's excitement get to him as his eyes twinkled at his first combatants. While Crabominable wasn't a new fight to be had (he had to fight one every time he wanted some berries nowadays), the Vanilluxe was a completely new thing for his bright blue eyes to behold.

"Oh! A Vanilluxe! Sina told me about them, but I don't think I've ever battled one before! I'm guessing Ice-Type, huh?" he babbled as he pulled out his first two, "And don't you worry about me, green highlighted gal! I'll give you everything I've got!"

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"Go, Robin and Priss! I know you two can do it!"


Out popped the Decidueye and the Alolan Form Ninetails, both with gleams of energy in their eye and plenty of battle experience in their stance. Robin took the left, facing Vanilluxe while Priss had her eyes locked on that Crabominable. Her paws twitched slightly and she seemed a bit more jittery...much more agile.

Ninetails's Snow Cloak
It's evasion stat rose sharply!


Lukas was already applying strategy. While he wanted to focus on defeating what he didn't know about yet, his main focus (and concern) was on that Crabominable. That thing had a LOT of strength behind it. Luckily, he'd chose Robin as his first choice in this fight. Sure, the effects of the Hailstorm would be detrimental to the Decidueye, but it would all be worth it in the end. Already deciding his first move, he would be the first to give off a command.

"Priss, start things off with a Dazzling Gleam at Crabominable! Robin, give them both a Feather Dance while you're at it!"

Priss used Dazzling Gleam.


The Alolan Ninetails was the fastest of the four Pokemon on the field...by a landslide. The Dazzling Gleam sparked it's way across the hail falling around them, smashing into the Crabominable with incredible force. The Fighting-Type aspect of Hazel's first Pokemon would prove a huge divet against her. In fact, it proved to be a one hit knockout, right off the bat!

It's Super Effective!


Robin used Feather Dance.


Meanwhile, Robin flocked the opponent's side of the battlefield with the power of his Feather Dance, coating the Vanilluxe with a rather not-so-desirable substitute to sprinkles. In addition, the Ice Cream Cone shaped Pokemon would have a much harder time using it's physical strength against Lukas and his team.

Vanilluxe's Attack Stat lowered sharply!


After Vanilluxe's move, Lukas gave a beaming smile towards the Z-Force Associates, one without malice, but definitely assured confidence.

"Oh, I guess I should mention I'm a tough trainer too..."

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Somehow, the Vanilluxe had been able to mostly avoid getting hurt by the Dazzling Gleam to the extent that the Crabominable was hurt. As the fainting Woolly Crab Pokemon was returned to its Poke Ball, the Vanilluxe made it's attack.

Vanilluxe used Frost Breath!

Vanilluxe's attack was a frosty chill of wind that struck in all the right ways as it wrapped around the Decidueye, the Vanilluxe spewing the cold air all around the ghostly owl.

A critical hit! It's super effective!

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Decidueye is buffeted by the hail!

Z-Force Associate Hazel sends out Bewear!

The Strong Arm Pokemon landed with a thud and flexed for the briefest moment before turning around to give the woman with green highlights a massive hug. Somehow, she managed to squirm out of its grasp without serious harm, and gave the orders for it to join the battle; the large bear turned and took a confident stance.

Bewear's Unnerve
Lukas' Team is too nervous to eat Berries!

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"Wait a minute, Hazel! This trainer! Isn't he?"

"He looks like that kid that became the Champion. Unless he is? Is he? I think we should call our Commander over."

"Good idea."

The woman with purple highlights grabbed her radio and put out a call for the Commander on site.

"Commander Catherine, a strong trainer whom looks like the Champion of the region has shown up and has started fighting with us! No sign of any ill intent yet, but you remember what happened to Commander Rekt over in Unova when that group of unassuming trainers ruined our operations out there! You may want to investigate this trainer personally, since Commander Viper is occupied right now!"

With her message done, the two women gave their next orders to their Pokemon, a Flash Cannon being announced to target the Alolan Ninetails at Vanilluxe's behalf, while Payback was exclaimed for the Bewear to strike the Decidueye with.

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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Lukas's tactical stare never shifted as the Bewear joined the fray. However, the confident smile on his face faded slightly at the sight of the fluffy Pokemon. Bewear could hit twice as hard as Crabominable could. It was like replacing a hammer with a battering ram. He looked at Robin, knowing that he wasn't going to take another hit from either of these Pokemon on the field. He had to make a switch and he had to make it now. But who?

"Robin, you were fantastic out there," he said as he pulled out the Decidueye's Pokeball out. "Return."

The red beam of light engulfed Robin as he was recalled from the battlefield. Almost instantly, he had a second ball in it's place...a Dusk Ball.

"You ready, Nebby?" he whispered to the ball, feeling a nudge in response. He smiled as he tossed it in front of him, "Then let's show them what you're made of!"

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With a shadowy aura and a gleam of deadly elegance, the Lunala appeared before the Z-Force Associates in all of it's glory. Hovering in the air, it's wingspan spread across virtually the entire side of Lukas's side of the battlefield. Nebby's gaze was fixated on the Bewear, it's eyes narrowing as if it had an old debt to settle. Then, it let loose a cry that could be heard throughout the cosmos.

"MAHINAAAAAA PYAAAAAAAAH!"


Lukas could feel the energy coursing through the air, using it to add on to his own adrenaline. "Now that's what I'm talking about! Priss, hit 'em with Dazzling Gleam again!"




Priss used Dazzling Gleam!


The Ninetails let loose that flashy stare again, cutting through the Vanilluxe and hitting the Bewear especially hard. Lukas knew it had Fluffy, but he was fortunate enough that Dazzling Gleam wasn't a physical move and thus rendered the ability useless. Dazzling Gleam would cut through Bewear hard, bringing it to the verge of knockout. For that matter, Vanilluxe was on it's last leg too, having taken two of those already.

It's Super Effective!





Unfortunately, he wouldn't have time to let Nebby get a shot in before Vanilluxe and Bewear had an answer.

Vanilluxe used Flash Cannon!


The Vanilluxe drew light from around them, turning it into a beam of light-like energy and shooting it at Priss. The Ninetales tried to strafe to her right and dodge the attack, yet it narrowly struck her rear. Priss yelped as the force of impact caused her to roll onto her side. She was quick to get up and, while sustaining a lot of damage from the strike, was still able to growl angrily towards the Vanilluxe.

It's Super Effective!





Bewear used Payback!


It was already going to be a safe bet to switch for Nebby, but Lukas was glad that he did it. He was even more appreciative of the switch when he noticed the Bewear unleash a furious charge towards the Lunala. It seemed to move faster...hit harder than it was supposed to. Nebby even recoiled from the blow. But despite it all, Lukas noticed the dark pulse that emitted as recoil from the blow, engulfing the Bewear's fluffy paw as it struck with Payback. This was the effect of Shadow Shield, the ability Nebby possessed. And it would take away some of the sting that would've been overkill to Robin had he not pulled him out in time. As it stood, Nebby couldn't take another hit like that...not even a normal one.

A critical hit!





The confident grin returned. Lukas looked over at the two Z-Force associates with a charged look...one that was coated with youth, spirit, and adventure.

"You guys are pretty good! I'm not gonna lie. But I think you guys should know who you're battling against. I am Lukas Castiel, the first ever Champion of the Alola Region! And I'm going to show you two how I earned that title! So Priss, finish these two off with Dazzling Gleam! Nebby set yourself up for their last Pokemon with Cosmic Power!"

Nebby used Cosmic Power!

Priss used Dazzling Gleam!


While Nebby pulled power from the air around her, engulfing herself in a magenta light and boosting her resistance to future attacks, Priss shot that familiar glance of Fairy-Type energy on their side of the battlefield, effectively taking care of both the Vanilluxe and Bewear with ease. As he waited for the green-haired lady's final Pokemon to be brought out, Lukas let his twelve year old curiosity take over for a moment.

"So, what are you guys doing over here in the Alola Region? It doesn't sound like you're here to see the sights like everybody else. "

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Lunala is buffeted by the hail!

As Violet's Vanilluxe spun to the floor, it was returned to it's Poke Ball. Hazel sent out her third Pokemon.

Z-Force Associate Hazel sends out Primeape!

Primeape took up a fighting stance and seemed ready to go, even if it was very outclassed by it's opposition.

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Violet seemed to be in a contemplative mood as she let Hazel answer the question, realizing that a Champion plus a Lunala meant that no one there besides a Commander really had a chance to stop Lukas.

"We're here on important business for the Z-Force! An intensive scouting mission is underway to approve a project that would allow us to provide Hau'oli City with several exciting upgrades in the years to come, headed by the Z-Force branch located in Alola. Now, Primeape, use Punishment on that Lunala!"

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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The fight was over. Lukas knew that upon seeing the Primeape enter the battlefield. He was slightly disapointed. He'd wished these fighters would've been a little bit stronger, but he wasn't complaining either. He did have to go meet Hau in the Malasada Shop and he didn't want to keep his friend waiting. So...

"Priss...one more time! Finish that Primeape with Dazzling Gleam!" he pointed and declared. The Alolan Ninetales was quick and speedy in her response.

Priss used Dazzling Gleam!


That familiar gaze shot across the battlefield, boring into the Primeape and causing the final blow...even though it would be the Primeape's first. As it felled, the skies cleared from hail and the Alolan sun broke out to warm the area once more. Lukas pumped his fist in victory as Nebby and Priss went to his side to celebrate.

MAHINAAAAAAA PYAAAAAAAH!


Lukas laughed as he petted and groomed Priss, "You did fantastic out there, Nebby. Well done. Now let's go get some Malasadas!"

After a bit more care and affection, Lukas placed each one back in their PokeBall and strode up to the two Z-Force associates, a warm smile and a kind gaze on his face.

"Well, that was fun! It's been a while since I'd fought anyone new. I really liked that Vanilluxe you got there. Looks cool!" he chuckled slightly at his own pun, "Anyway, I best be heading off. I've got a meeting with a friend that I can't miss. Be seeing ya around, hopefully! Good luck with your project you've got going on!"

And with that, Lukas strode past the two and onward into Hau'oli City, in search of the Malasada Shop.

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Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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As the Primeape fainted, it was returned to it's Poke Ball, unable to stand up to such an attack, even though it did make motions of trying to get itself back up out of sheer stubbornness.

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Lukas beat Z-Force Associate Violet and Z-Force Associate Hazel!

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Violet had a tense and somewhat defiant aside glance, while Hazel hung her head in defeat.

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"I advise that I quit now, trainer. I interfered with our efforts."

"I'm going to run home to my mom now, because I was Thrashed."


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The two Associates both fetched small wallets out of their satchels and handed Lukas his dues for the victory.

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Lukas received Image7840 for winning!

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Hazel contacted the Commander they had contacted before. "Commander Catherine, he is in fact the Champion, and he's passing through on business of meeting a friend. ... ... ... I see. We'll let him know."

Violet spoke next. "So, go ahead and pass! You beat us both. The others may try and fight you, but tell them that the Commander is allowing you through."

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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MAHINAAAAAAA PYAAAAAAAH!

"What the hell...some kind of giant bat?" A humble-looking woman looked up from the hood of a car she was working on polishing just right. It was clear that there was some sort of battle going on, but...who were these people? Some kid just took out two guys at once? Talk of a commander?

"Oh no. Here we go again. I moved to Alola to get away from all this shit, man." Her breast heaved, resigned to her fate. "Come on, old friends. The battle once again has found us. Whoever that kid is, he's good...but did he seriously just brag about being the Champion?"

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Character Portrait: Titania Brightsmith Character Portrait: Lukas Castiel Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate

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Lukas held up his palm before he left as the two Z-Force Associates tried to give him money. "Keep it. Use it to fund your project whatever thingy you've got going here. Anyway, be seeing ya!"

He began talking down the main street, past the school and onward to the Malasada Shop. He had a lot to talk about to Hau when he got there. Whoever these guys were, they seemed exciting. They were definitely new to the Alola region. However, with this excitement came that natural wave of apprehension. He felt a vibe while he was fighting them...a vibe he hadn't felt in a little while. The vibe he got when he fought Team Skull grunts or Aether Paradise workers.

Something weird was going on...and he'd keep his eye on them.

As he walked into Hau'oli City, his gaze fell upon a woman walking towards him in stride and determination. She had loose fitted clothing to hide her bulging muscles and her hair fell messily around her, the look of a gear head. Although she looked to be years older than he was, she was still three inches shorter than Lukas. That didn't stop her from giving a glance of steel...a look that was almost iconic. Lukas blinked and stared at her in confusion. Something about her seemed familiar, he knew. Something about her face he may have recognized way back...back when he lived in Kanto a year and a half ago.

Their eyes met.

"Alola," he gave the standard regional wave to the woman as he walked past, his own destination in mind, "How are you today, ma'am?"

The setting changes from melemele-island to Akala Island

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Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate Character Portrait: Gabrielle Stater

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Alola Route 8

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"Timothy... We need to keep moving! The project site has to be secured before we can proceed, after all!"

A young woman ran down the route, making it to a designated point alongside a man. Both wore similar uniforms, with the man's uniform trading the skirt for pants.

"Easy for you to say, Gabrielle! You've always been more athletic than I."

"Oh, I just refuse to let Kyukyubu down! I want that next tier of bonuses!"

"Pyuku?"

Her Pyukumuku made noises of the kind she just found so cute. Giggling, she patted its head before giving it a high-five. The next site wasn't far, and it was to set up the area for construction of a device that could use the winds and water in the area to form a sort of renewable energy. The kind of stuff that made her get excited.

The setting changes from akala-island to Ula'ula Island

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Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate Character Portrait: Lori Pemwil Character Portrait: Matthew Carpenter

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"Nill," was indeed the best descriptor for the bizarre sensation of the warp tile transfer. Weightless and with no sensation, the surreal experience soon ended with the Overseer, Lori, and Matthew, all appearing in a relatively plain room.

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Route 13: Z-Force Alolan Branch HQ - Lobby

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Matthew and Lori were now in a room that seemed to serve no purpose other than to house a one-way exit warp tile. The Overseer, whom Lori already knew as Jeremy, lead the two into the lobby. He was dressed in the uniform, with jacket and pants, and he bore the Z-Force Emblazon and an Overseer Rank Medal. "I'm proud to say that you really are making the right choice, Matthew."

Chipper as he always was, Jeremy approached the receptionist behind the desk, a Blissey that had a black garrison cap and a black jacket, as well as a couple of medals pinned to the jacket. One was the Z-Force Emblazon, and beside it, an Administrator Rank Medal.

J: "Afternoon, Blythe!"

B: "Well, afternoon, Jeremy! Two new ones?"

J: "Just one. Lori's been here a while, but Matthew here is new, and I'd like you to get us in touch with Kelley if she's around."

B: "Sure thing! Just head on through the door to the Main Hall, and wait for her there!"

The Blissey spoke relatively solid English. She picked up the phone she had at the desk and pressed a button on the monitor before her. "Attention! Kelley to the Main Hall! Kelley, to the Main Hall!"

Jeremy lead both of you into the Main Hall at this time. Inside the Main Hall, Lori would immediately recognize the smaller branching halls that lead to the various rooms in the building. Also present were benches, a water feature, and other decorations. A few Associates were currently hanging out and talking with each other, or their Pokemon, and the environment was lively. The decor was purple trimmed greys, whites, and blacks, with a bit of darker blues here or there. Any glowing lights were a bright fluorescent blue or a shining electric yellow, though most were too dim to be more than decoration. The actual lighting inside the building was relatively bright, to a comfortable level.

Among the Associates, there were four girls and six guys, as well as a total of six Pokemon with their Trainers out of their Poke Balls, and three Pokemon without. Among the Pokemon with their Trainers were a Ledyba, a Bonsly, an Alolan Grimer, and a Cutiefly, as well as the more intimidating Golduck and Araquanid.

Most of the girls had miniskirts, though one had pants, but otherwise wore the uniform well. Each had their garrison cap and jacket, as well as stockings if they had the skirt. All but one of the girls had the Emblazons and Associate Rank Medals; the last had the Emblazon and a Supervisor Rank Medal. Two of the guys had Emblazons and the Supervisor Rank Medals; the same two also wore shorts with their uniform, instead of the pants the other male Associates (based on their Medals) were wearing.

The Trainer-less Pokemon were a Kecleon, a Starmie, and a Morelull, though all three seemed to be talking with each other. Kecleon had a garrison cap and jacket in black, as well as a Z-Force Emblazon and an Associate Rank Medal, while the Starmie had a Z-Force Emblazon Sticker and a Supervisor Rank Sticker, but no other outfit pieces. The Morelull had a small garrison cap sized just for it, but no jacket, and it had an Emblazon and an Associate Rank Medal.

Among the rooms down the side halls, there was a Break Room, which featured all sorts of useful features, such as Vending Machines, tables and chairs, refrigerators, microwaves, and even some table games, such as the Foosball table. There was also the Stockpile, where supplies and materials were stored, the Main Office, which was explanatory, and a Mess Hall for meal times. Also among those rooms was the Force Barracks, which came in male and female segregated varieties, further segregated by whether Pokemon or Human focused. There was even a mixed all-access Force Barrack, presumably for those Pokemon and Trainers who didn't identify strictly as a boy or girl, much to the chagrin of Pokemon Professors everywhere, or for those who didn't mind mixed quarters and company.

There was also a door that lead to the main work areas, though they had a sign that read a warning in large print...

"EMBLAZONS REQUIRED BEYOND THIS POINT"

Jeremy smiled. "Kelley should be out at any moment to handle your questions, Matthew. She'll also be able to get you started on the process of joining the Z-Force. In the meantime, feel free to explore the Main Hall here. Most of the employees are friendly, and I'm sure Lori can get you acquainted!"

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"Well I may not know a few of them, Jeremy, but I'm certain I can get a conversation going~ The warp tiles certainly work well, that's for sure. I remember they used to make you nauseous upon use. But yeah, if you wanna go anywhere, just tell me and I'll bring ya if I can. I don't have my uniform with me but I'm kinda well known for my personality around here. Rules are still rules though so I won't enter certain doors."

Lori had her usual smile going on as she spoke. The Eevee on her head simply called out happily as it hopped to the floor and stretched out.

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All this was a lot for Matt to go through. Lori was always a step ahead of him, but she was always there to lift him up when he needed a hand, so for that he wasn't jealous. Still, the very sight of Pokemon being full members of the Z-Force as individuals, instead of in the employ of trainers, was a huge shock to the system.

"Uh...wait. What? Are you kidding me? I knew Pokemon were smart and capable, but you're saying that wild mon are members all by themselves? I didn't think they were...oh my god." He was visibly shaking, barely able to walk up to the desk. This was all just a little too much, too fast. But he had to try.

The lobby looked nice, though. Matt looked down at his lowly two balls. Would they have to sign up to be part of the Z-Force, too? He could always ask that when Kelly got there. But he couldn't hide his fear anymore at this paradigm shift...all he could do was huddle in a corner, shivering hard even though it was nice and warm. What was this place? What was this organization that let Pokemon be members in good standing by themselves?

"L-L-Lori? I'm, uh...I'm scared. There's so much going on here. Will I have to have my Pokemon apply for membership as well?"

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"Lily and the others didn't have to. It's just that the Pokemon who are above average in intelligence and such. Like those who can speak, learn human things like math and science and stuff. And I understand being freaked out, it is a huge change. Took me a bit to get used to it as well."

She had her usual comforting smile on. Lily, the Eevee, tried to be comforting by rubbing against Matthew's legs as well.

"Hehe, even Lily thinks you'll be fine! There isn't much to worry about. They treat you fine here, human and Pokemon. Of course there are those who aren't very nice, but you always find those types in any line of work. I'm sure Kelly can give you some relief with her explanations as well. She knows a bit more than I do about this place and how everything works. If you need something to hold on to, I'm here~ I know when I joined, I wouldn't let go of Lily. I kept hugging her because I thought they'd take her from me, even though Kelly continuously assured me otherwise. It's fairly disturbing to see Pokemon like that for the first time."

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"You...you could have at least warned me!" Lori's presence seemed to steady him quite a bit, bringing him back from the verge of a nervous breakdown. She was always there for him. He never would have gotten this far if it weren't for her support and guidance.

"Okay, so when Kelly gets back, I can start the interview, right? Come on...this will be just like when I interviewed for flipping malasadas. I can do this."

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"Exactly! You can totally do this Matt! And sorry for not telling you about the pokemon, I honestly forgot. Hey, after this, we can go get some malasadas, my treat~"

Lily jumped up and down excitedly, staring at Lori.

"You get some too, Lily~"

The Eevee happily cries out before hopping up onto Lori's shoulders.

"Hehehe. Anyway, Kelly's a nice person, so don't get scared. I know interviews are always hard, but just relax! You so got this!"

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Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate Character Portrait: Lori Pemwil Character Portrait: Matthew Carpenter Character Portrait: Kelley Cascade

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Almost as if on cue, a woman walked back into the main hall, holding a clipboard as she approached Matthew and Lori. She was wearing a headset, plus glasses, and had long brown hair and blueish-purple eyes. Her attire was a tight white dress shirt and a black buttoned vest over it for the formal look. A black pencil skirt, black silk gloves, darker sheer silk pantyhose, black heels, and a black necktie all completed the outfit. The necktie was notably tucked beneath the vest.

Lori would know her as one of Zoltan's many Secretaries. Kelley was her name, and she was responsible for Zoltan's Alolan operations. Unlike most of the others, she was rather enigmatic and thoroughly enjoyed teasing others, as well as playing tricks and generally being a bit of a sly woman overall.

Good afternoon, Lori. I heard you had a friend you were recommending to us? I take it this is he.


She looked to Matthew and gave a greeting nod.
A pleasure to meet you. May I have your name?

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Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate Character Portrait: Lori Pemwil Character Portrait: Matthew Carpenter Character Portrait: Kelley Cascade

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"Uh...Oh! You're talking to me! Heheh." He reached out a gloved hand that was on its way to being fingerless. "Matt. Matt Carpenter. Oh, I'm so excited!"

He looked like he was expecting Kelley to shake his hand, even though none of the rest of his ensemble was exactly fresh off the rack at the mall. "Oh, I do hope I get the pleasure of working with you guys, you've done so much for me. Can't wait to give back."

The setting changes from ulaula-island to Melemele Island

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Character Portrait: Z-Force Associate Character Portrait: Sandra Pemwil

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Sandra was just reaching the shores of Melemele when her phone started ringing. The special ringtone signaling it was James.

"Hey, Tuyo, land us over there, by that hotel. Take it slow, I got a call."

The Toucannon nods and slows its flight and starts to descend to the location. Sandra takes the call.

"Hello, Yellow~ What's up James? O-Oh? Got some stuff to tell me? Sure, I'm all ears. Just let me land and get a seat, alright?"

Tuyo does land eventually and Sandra hops off, putting him away in his ball before sitting down on a bench. She listens to James repeat the conversation, sort of, that was had at the Frontier.

"That's a uh.... lot of crap. Hey, can I have one of those fancy documents? You get a digital copy? Oh, one was already forwarded to Kukui? Sweet! I'll bust his door later. I need to go check on Lori. I think it's her day off, but she texted me about bringing Matt to Z-Force for an interview. I'll check there."

"You go check on Lori, alright? After that, I want you go to.. uh... Hala was it? Use him for a reference on where to go. You're a strong trainer so you should keep moving around there. Ok? Well, call me if something comes up, alright? See ya."

"Sure sure! Bye~"

Click.

"I'm pretty sure I can figure out what to do, but... Hmm.. Ku is likely sharing that info already with the Kahunas so I guess it would be best. Hala'll know what's up. First thing is first... Lori."

With this, she stands back up and stretches.

"That hang-out lobby thing was north of here, I think. Well, some cardio will do me good!"

Sandra takes off running. Eventually she does come to the doors of the Z-Force building. She walks right in and Binky pops out of its ball and floats next to her.

"Hey hey! Miss secretary! You got any tabs on Lori? I'm her older sister, Sandra. I need to know where she is and if she's safe. Some crap's a-brewing and it's moving this way."

Some misc sounds were heard from Binky as they looked around.