a new year brings new expectations. civil unrest starts to manifest in the form of online criticisms that spike after the three day war. now that the region no longer has to face the threat of megalopolans, the people of hoenn turn to address smaller and more personal issues. will the league rise up to the situation? what about questionable events that have transpired, overshadowed and overlooked in the face of more imminent issues?
after the ultra beast war, hoenn begins to heal. the megalopolan invasion may have failed; however, it is clear there is much more at stake. a prophecy revolving around a cyclical meteoroid, the appearance of necrozma and a dangerous and viral alien threaten the safety of the region once more.
with rocket's new boss, the resurgence and reappearance of the crime syndicate's presence is imminent. the league has done its best to repair its reputation, and with the victory of a war under their belt, perhaps it is enough. but the seeds of distrust have already been sown in the ravaged land of this region, causing many to wonder what will grow?
After his trip through Meteor Falls proved folly (although catching Dopey had been a rather solid consolation prize,) Aedan had made it a point to use the rest of his summer finding that fallen star he so desperately sought. And that had brought him here to Route 114, clad in his practice clothes for baseball, prepared to get down and dirty.
At his side was Rikki once again, perhaps his most reliable and mature pokemon, one that he'd brought with him everywhere to avoid trouble.
The air here was heavy like miasma from the heavy soot that floated down from Mt. Chimney. It gave him spontaneous coughing fits on and off.
Rikki grasped at his trainer with a pleading expression, tugging him to go back home...
"Nah, just a bit longer. It's only noon..."Rikki and Aedan pursue a fallen star. Andy Blackadder
[attr="class","dangertxt"] Since the environs of Hoenn differed somewhat from his home of Galar, Andy figured he had best get to cutting his teeth on the local fauna. Only he had been lazy about it. It was summer and he wanted to waste time before he grew into an adult and people expected him to do things. Epitaph had been more and more annoying as the days went on however, pestering him and pranking him more and more often. [break][break] The boy finally decided to make the rather out of the way venture to the shadow of Mt. Chimney to try and expand his meager army of pokemon. His gengar was shadowing him, quite literally, within his cast darkness along the ground. The ghost type wasn't pleased with the striking view. It was a nice little taste of hell, he thought, which was where he was going if he didn't do better. [break][break] Stalking along, trying to not look like he was obviously panting to avoid any of his gengar's jeers, he spotted another human form suffering across the terrain with their own pokemon. He was dressed much less tackily than Andy, but still prepared for the grime of his misadventures. While he wasn't one to look for friends, he approached the other boy trying and failing to not look like he was glaring daggers. [break][break] ''Yo,'' he croaked. [break][break] If anything he would make a good distraction if he had to run from some danger that far exceeded his talent.
"Oh, uh, hi." Rikki was busy trying to catch a scent when another kid stumbled up to them giving greetings that didn't match their glaring expression. "Did I, uh, offend you or something?"
Rikki doesn't take much of an interest, instead sticking its nose skyward and sniffling curiously, perhaps detecting a strange scent while the humans converse. "Why're you glaring at me like that? Do I even know you, bro...?"
There isn't time enough to answer when they're beset upon by feral creatures skulking after their trails, Rikki taking a defensive position between Aedan and the opposing Krookodile. He tried to hide it, but Aedan could tell Rikki was intimidated by the pokemon; who wouldn't shy away from confrontation with something a foot taller than themselves? Aedan couldn't help but feel guilty forcing Rikki into this situation, but he'd confidence in their shared potential. "Rikki, Sword Dance."
While Rikki bided its time and honed its strengths, Krookodile struck, causing the ground to tremble with an earthquake that disturbed their footing, causing Aedan to fall on his rump. Oof, that smarts! Rikki managed far better, although the hidden Gengar would surely suffer as an adjacent target. Not that it was really Aedan's problem.
"Alright buddy, use Slash on the Cubone!"
The Krookodile gave him the creeps, and Aedan doubted he'd be able to take it on alone. But the Cubone, on the other hand, was child's play.
Which suited him perfectly, considering.
As it so happened the Cubone gave up after a single attack, crying on its hands and knees in the dirt while the Krookodile dug its feet in.
Aedan knew all it'd take was for Rikki to get a good hit in, but he doubted the Krookodile would offer them the chance. But it was his only option.
"Rikki, X-Scissor," he doubted it'd make it in time as the Krookodile seemed to begin burrowing into the ground to make a hasty retreat...Rikki and Aedan pursue a fallen star. Andy Blackadder
[attr="class","dangertxt"] The stranger was a ginger, whatever gods resided above, help him. No freckles though, which was a shame. Even though his tastes were in their infancy, he did think freckles were a fetching feature. Regardless of whatever the Blackadder boy thought, the kid seemed to find him somewhat intimidating. Perhaps he had inherited his mother's case of resting bitch face, or perhaps he was just annoyed at even being here. [break][break] ''No, but there's still time yet.'' Dumb questions were a good start, especially when he was already dirtied. It wasn't a good first impression on either of their parts. Yet the other youth still queried about their acquaintance, causing a tinge of disgust to crease his features. ''Andy Blackadder. Now you do.'' Though no answer came, as their rude conversation was rudely interrupted. [break][break] ''EpitaHHH!'' Andy toppled backwards. The other boy seemed to be well prepared, but since his own pokemon was skulking, it didn't materialize nearly in time. Duel fortunes, his gengar was shaken from it's shadowy hiding place just in time to break his master's fall. The violet mass groaned in protest, ''Gengar...'' [break][break] ''Don't whine at me,'' the brunette snapped as he rolled off, ''I'm not the one who told you slide across the ground like a wet shit.'' While he righted himself fairly quickly, Epitaph wanted to pout a moment before getting to his feet, leaving the ginger to deal with an errant cubone. Andy's chocolate eyes laid upon the krookodile. [break][break] Now this thing was a problem. [break][break] It wasn't a great match-up for he and his gengar, but alas he had come to a ground habitat with his ghost type anyway. It looked like the assailant lizard was going to bail out rather quickly. Oh I don't think so. Knock me on my ass and then bugger off will you?! The boy tensed, clinching his fists. ''Epitaph, use Hypnosis!,'' he commanded with a sharp thrust of his finger. His pokemon's trademark grin quickly recaptured some of it's native devilishness. [break][break] ''Gengar!'' [break][break] Originally, when it landed, the young Blackadder intended to march right over and punch the thing in it's snoot himself, but his convenient ally had something a little more potent in mind. While it caused Andy to suck his teeth as not being allowed to enact his revenge as he saw fit, he supposed justice was served none the less.
Successfully hypnotizing the Krookodile had allowed Rikki to dispense the punishment befitting the crime, putting the Krookodile in a world of pain before it was whisked inside the pokeball. But that didn't stop him from snorting and snickering with laughter when Andy hit the ground. 'Ha ha ha...'
His was a shrill, innocent sort of laughter. But perhaps that wounded the ego all the same.
"Nice job," he offered as praise to the other kid with a thumbs up, although he wasn't sure if he should bother. They seemed apprehensive, and prickly by nature. Aedan wasn't sure if they were annoyed by him or not. Maybe only slightly?
But then, he hadn't done much to impress. But rather than linger on that note, he quickly fixated on his fascination with their Gengar. Wowie...!
"I can't believe you have a Gengar. Aren't they supposed to be super duper hard to train?" There were other pokemon encroaching on the area, but they appeared much more docile, and infantile in nature. Aedan felt a bit more at ease considering.Rikki and Aedan pursue a fallen star. Skipping spawns. Andy Blackadder Wild Dark / Dragon / Ground spawns. [Route 114]
[attr="class","dangertxt"] The action had lulled momentarily, which allowed the surly trainer to really drink in all the events leading up to the bastard lizard being zapped into his pokeball. He was half tempted to shake the thing violently. Impotent or not, it would have assuaged his ago. The snicker his temporary ally had let loose hadn't escaped his notice, though nor had his compliment. He popped his collar and glanced away cooly. [break][break] ''Naturally.'' The other adolescent queried about his gengar, to which the creature took note. It seemed it was afflicted by a similar pride as his master. ''Gengar.'' It's grin widened. Andy's eyes flicked in a sideways glance to the pokemon, smirking. ''Who Epitpah? Had him since I was a wee lad. He's got his moments, but we got an understanding, see?'' [break][break] ''Gengar...'' It's ghostly visage didn't portray as much certainty. ''Anyway... Bringing his hand to his brow, he scanned the horizon. ''I don't recall you mentioning your name, ginger balls.'' Sure enough, there was a couple other creatures snooping about. Perhaps they were coming to investigate the commotion, or perhaps they were attempting to sneak away. [break][break] ''GeGeGengar!'' Epitaph chuckled at the boy's childish nickname. It pointed a digit on his three fingered hand towards the other trainer's hair. ''Gengar, Gengar?'' But Andy only half noticed the question, his chocolate orbs setting on a scurrying Axew. It could be considered cute, in an awkward way, but he had seen another person with the final evolution. They were intimidating, and that was criteria enough! [break][break] ''Yes, that's the joke,'' he answered half-heartedly. ''But enough about some rando's testicles,'' now it was his turn to point. ''Epitaph, use Lick! I want that tooth lizard!'' The pokemon's red eyes scanned for a moment before he found what his trainer was talking about. The large tusks coming from the mouth was the one, wasn't it? ''Gengar!'' The gengar flexed and lunged, a tongue unfurling from his mouth to leave a trail of ghostly saliva along the back of the now fleeing axew. [break][break] Andy readied a pokeball.
"Oh. My name's Aedan. And this is Rikki!" He slapped his Zangoose against the back, which it responded to with a resentful look, but otherwise waved a clawed hand at the stranger as courtesy.
"I live in Rustboro, but I'm lookin' for a star I saw fallin' the other night!" His eyes twinkled with an unmatched glee, his earnest intrigue expressed through that signature youthful enthusiasm. "I haven't found it yet, though..."
It wasn't a frown, but his lips tightened into a flat line, like he was downtrodden by the lack of gratification his searching had yielded thus far.
"Whaddabout you? Why're you out here?"
It wasn't really his business, and he wasn't too pressed to find out, but it seemed only right to ask them a little bit about themselves. 'Sharing' or something like that, right? He'd learned it somewhere before, probably from his parents.
So to him, manners mattered. He wore a goofy smile as he awaited a response from his...
...Were they friends now? Hrm... I think so!Aedan introduces himself and Rikki to Andy Blackadder while asking a few questions of his own.
[attr="class","dangertxt"] His eyebrow lifted ever so slightly. Most people bristled at his barbed ribbing, but not this guy. It was like he only heard the normal bits of communication and everything else went in one ear and out the other. It caught him off guard. Even gengar cast a curious look at his master. Still, Andy wasn't so flabbergasted that he wasn't paying attention. [break][break] ''Just looking for more mons. I only got three,'' he answered in a plain tone. Rustboro. He had passed through. It reminded him of some of the cities back in Galar. Besides that, the other boy's reasoning for his presence caused a concerned look to grace his face once again. Although perhaps he was misunderstanding what this Aedan kid meant. [break][break] ''You do realize most of those things burn up in the atmosphere, yeah?'' He shrugged. ''There probably isn't anything to find.'' Epitaph wasn't sure exactly what Andy was talking about. ''Gengar...'' But the boy waved him off without so much as a glance. The ghostly pokemon would get bored most of the way through his explanation anyway. [break][break] ''What do you want some meteorite for anyway? You one of them eggheads that likes to look at rocks?'' While he didn't find science all that boring personally, there were some limits to what he thought was interesting. Although he had to admit, if the other teen was into that he couldn't have picked a better place to find some good examples.
"Lottsa cool stuff falls from the sky to the ground," he asserts to Andy, his voice rising to challenge their so-called fact with a bit of that signature childish nuh-uh attitude. "You'll see."
Aedan goes kicking about through the grass, feeling a little flustered; embarrassed. Like I dun know most burn up... Hmph! Had he been taken for a fool so readily? But no matter, because Aedan wasn't about to let it ruin how he chose to spend his remaining vacation days. Now, where was I...
Rikki stumbles along beside him, with Aedan pausing to look at a funny rock, maybe a geode?
That wasn't exactly what he was looking for though, though it was interesting. He handed it over to Rikki after plucking it from off the ground.
[attr="class","dangertxt"] ''Your ego needs to fall out of the fucking sky'' he mumbled to himself. It was weird because it seemed like something a six year old would do, yet the older boy seemed like he might be around his age, if not older. None the less, Andy took a little pride in that he had in fact said something that got under the kid's skin. [break][break] Granted he didn't think it would be pointing out an obvious fact. The Aedan kid was already stomping off through the grass. His own lips pursed and his eyebrow raised, and his gengar even followed suit, a confused glance at his master. The two exchanged such looks before the Blackadder boy shrugged and sauntered after the ginger. [break][break] ''What are you doing?'' As he trailed after the other adolescent he discovered him exchanging some rock with his pokemon. Surely he wasn't about to pass this off as a meteorite just for the sake of vindication? ''Gengar...'' Epitaph groaned to himself. Why would a trainer use their pokemon for such a mundane task? Gengar would give Andy a paralyzing Lick if he ever asked.
"Exactly what I said I was," he rebuked. "I'm lookin' for something. Didja forget already?"
Aedan cast a wary glance backwards. Did they have the memory of a goldfish, or were they just one of those constantly-nagging-after-you types?
I really don't need a second mom for that...
"What're you doing following me, though?"
Aedan held his arms aloft, gesturing at the lack of wild pokemon around their immediate vicinity, while also highlighting the obvious wildlife further in the distance. "You came ta catch some pokemon, right? Well... go do that." He'd turn away again, sorting through the rocks with his feet, trying to find one that looked out-of-this-world.
"Lemme do my thing, and you can do yours."
Maybe he'd spoke too soon of a budding friendship; all Andy wanted to do was nag...Andy Blackadder
[attr="class","dangertxt"] The query triggered some uncharacteristic salt from the other boy. Interacting with humans was always an interesting experience. It still blew Andy's mind that all he had had to do to incur whatever slight tantrum was unfolding was mention that rocks burned up in the atmosphere. Sometimes, one just found ammunition in the strangest places. [break][break] ''Seeing what you're doing with that pebble.'' He smirked. Refreshing to see the push back, but it seemed too much in an odd direction, as if Aedan was conversationally clumsy. It was like watching someone who wanted to fight swing full power at the empty air. ''Nice to see you've found a couple of stones all the sudden.'' Would they get the joke though? [break][break] ''Gegege.'' Gengar got it, covering its grin in a snicker. The ginger seemed to snap a little at this, attempting to shoo him away, but the smile never left Andy's face. There was no way they were as old as they looked. ''I think I got what I came for.'' The ball of his recent catch was tossed up into the air and caught again. [break][break] ''What's so damned important about this metorite, anyway?'' With the sudden outburst of frustration, the youth was hoping for something sincere, but part of him expected something idealistic. Or given all this hostility over next to nothing, something entirely childish. He had only asked a single question last time, and wondered if this one would elicit a more rage-filled response.