Pokemon being Captured: Ralts
Suggested Length: 10,000 - 20,000
Actual Length: 14,619
Unusually long introduction. Huh.
"Hello there, and welcome to the world of Pokemon. I'm Professor Evergreen, and it's my job to prepare you for the adventures that await just outside this lab. Please be advised that as the game is still in the early stages of testing, some features are currently disabled, or unavailable. Next to each of you on the ground, is a knapsack. Within it are items essential to gameplay- sleeping bags, tents, berries, potions, and more. You each have been given a Pokedex. This device allows you to record information on Pokemon you've seen or caught, as well as giving detailed information on moves, abilities, evolution stages, and stats of Pokemon you own. Its also equipped with a mapping device and built-in compass, so that you should never get lost, as well as a walkthrough option, providing information and directions to the next area you need to explore in order to continue your journey.
For those of you who wish to explore the world on your own, without help, this feature is easily deactivated in the options menu, and may just as easily be reactivated should you desire to do so at any time. Your Pokedex also offers a save feature. Should you decide at any time to quit the game, simply bring up the menu, save, and then select quit. Everyone is given a unique Trainer code, and their progress and data is stored in relation to this code, allowing you to play for as long, or short as you like, without having to restart each time, since reconnecting to the game will simply 'load' your data at the place of your last save.
The next item in your back is a teleportation device. Should the unthinkable happen, and all your Pokemon be rendered unconscious by an opponent, the teleportation device will automatically active, teleporting you and your team safely to the nearest Pokemon center where your Pokemon can be revived.
The most important item in your back by far is your trainer belt, and the Pokeball currently attached to it. Within the Pokeball resides your Pokemon partner. While the ability to choose your starter will be possible in the future, at this point in the game's development, everyone is given a preselected Pokemon. Should you find yours unsuitable to your tastes, you may offer to trade with another trainer, should they be willing as well.
Your Pokebelt can carry up six Pokeballs - this means you can have up to six Pokemon on your team at one time. This feature is partially disabled at the current time however, which unfortunately means that all players are limited to catching only one wild Pokemon at present. You'll each find a single empty Pokeball in your bag. This is your only chance at catching wild Pokemon, as Pokeballs are currently disabled in shops. This is to lessen the server load during the trial runs so that your game may go as smoothly as possible. Just be sure to weaken your target Pokemon first, and you shouldn't have a problem.
While you cannot catch an abundance of Pokemon, battling them is encouraged, as is battling other trainers. The more you battle, the stronger your Pokemon becomes. In order to beat the game, you need to obtain 8 Badges from the various Gyms scattered throughout the region. You may do this independently, or team up with friends. Be warned however - The Gym Leaders are strong. It will take cunning strategy as well as strength and power to defeat them all.
The remaining items in your bag will also benefit you in your travels. You've each been given a sleeping bag, potions, antidotes, and berries for your Pokemon, as well as a pack of food for yourselves. While everything within the game is entirely digital, the game is also designed to be as realistic as possible. Be on the lookout for dangers and keep an eye on the weather. Should you "die" at any time, your game will be 'reset' and you'll need to start anew from the beginning.
Also, there is a new feature added to the Pokedex. You can check the progress of the other players and your own in the form of percentages. Be aware that this is a new feature and may be inaccurate and may sometimes crash. Some may not even work, so don't count on it to check on your 'rival''s progress.
If you need additional information at any time, my program can be accessed at any PC. Again, please keep in mind that that some features are disabled, and others may not work correctly. Be careful out there, and remember to have fun." With a smile the video on the screen ended, flickering out of existence and leaving the small room filled with an awkward silence in its wake.
Hatori opened up his Pokedex, observing the room and the people in it at the same time. Let's see... there are three players in total. It was then that Hatori realized he was the only male that was selected to be a beta tester. Damn. Would be nice to actually converse with one. He looked around the totally empty room, with plain, cream white ceilings. There was a large screen on the right where Hatori just saw a video. They were supposed to walk through any wall, and it would lead them to the game.
Hatori mashed all the buttons on the Pokedex at random, and found that only one worked, and the 'Save' and 'Quit' button was not it. Shit. It was only the Progress Checker that worked, which displayed himself and two other names, all with a currently empty bar next to them, and a big fat '0%' on top of the bar. So their names were Lavi and Tylia? It sounded... original, at least. Wonder which is which.
Hatori then grabbed his Pokeball. Now, how to open it? Pulling on the 'lid' didn't work. Pushing the button didn't either. Of all the things that the game designers didn't tell them... first, the feature that was 'not supposed to work well' was the only one that worked. Next, they can't open a single Pokeball. What the hell is wrong with those retarded game designers?
Lavi combed her shiny, well-conditioned hair with her custom-tailored comb, suited to her hair needs, of course. Her black eyes stood out among the blue eyes of the other two people. Lavi stroked her precious peach hair once again, her fair fingers brushing through them. There was something on Lavi's mind. If there were no Pokeballs, surely there were no showers in this game...?
Oh NO! Did the game designers seriously expect them to run around like dirty, half-naked monkeys?! Her expensive silk trainer suit needed to be specifically hand-cleaned gently for an hour everyday! And what about the sleeping bags in their bags? Did they... did they expect her to SLEEP OUTSIDE? NO! Sleeping outside was NOT her thing!
Lavi nearly fainted until she realized something. Why couldn't she simply save, quit, and take a break in her exquisite mansion? After showering, having a good night's sleep and of course putting on her prized make-up, she would be up and ready to go. But then what was the sleeping bags for? Lavi stared at Hatori, his spiky green hair tied into a ponytail. His trainer suit was shabby in Lavi's standards, made of cotton and simply having a striped red-and-black designs. Her ornamental Chinese dragon was much better. It must be for dirty, savage people like him. Nasty. Lavi shuddered. She definitely didn't want to mingle with him.
Lavi turned to see a brown-haired girl, a wide smile stretched across her face in excitement. She wore a totally pink (excluding the odd patch of white paint here and there) trainer suit and gear. She was significantly shorter and younger than the rest. Lavi made up her mind to travel with this child and educate here about etiquette to make sure she doesn't end up like the man she was eying.
"He he!" Tylia said, grabbing the Pokeball on her belt. For all her life, it was her dream to be a Pokemon trainer. And now, she was going to be one! Okay, so it wasn't too good yet, but her mother always taught her to look on the positive side, and her bubbly personality which included innocent immaturity contributed to the inextinguishable happiness inside her. After watching the anime and following it for literally ages, Tylia knew the only way to summon out Pokemon was to press the button on the Pokeball, and then throw it to the ground. Out came a little bear. The bear yawned, rubbing the round black eyes with a cresent moon marking in the middle. Tylia squealed. Oh, oh THIS was her lucky day! Of all Pokemon, they gave her the one she liked best: Teddiursa!
"Teddiursa!" Tylia said, grabbing the confused creature and holding it up up to get a good look. Just like a cute little plush toy! Oh, it was so cute Tylia could simply eat it up! Tylia hugged it, and multiple squeals of fear aroused from it as its breathing was oppressed.
"I'll name you Susan!" Tylia said, her twelve year old voice becoming even more irritating than normal. The Teddiursa looked in disapproval.
"Oh... your a boy? Than... I'll name you Captain Hugglekins!" Tylia said. The Teddiursa rolled its eyes. It would have preferred 'Susan'. It gasped as it was squished against Tylia's chest again.
Hatori, having seen Tylia release the Teddiursa, decided against his nature to ask the little girl for help. Hatori was self-centered and liked to to think he knew more than the rest. But now he needed to ask the girl. But he didn't have the chance. Lavi went first, introducing herself to Tylia. Lavi gave Hatori a swift kick with her high-heels, and an 'Ouf' came out from Hatori's mouth as he fell. The Pokeball he was holding in his hand hit the ground, and out came a Shroomish, looking a bit dazzled by the scene.
Tylia turned her head at Hatori, and ran over to pick him up, like what her mother always taught her to do when people fall. Instead of the 'Thank you' she expected, Hatori shooed her away irritably, a scowl on his face.
"I can manage myself." Hatori said, and his Shroomish followed him as he stepped out of the staring point. He dissolved into the wall, and Tylia looked severely hurt. Lavi came over and patted her head.
"Don't be sad. These kind of people are bad people. Not well brought-up. You shouldn't interact with them." Lavi said, and Tylia nodded, her Teddiursa trying to struggle away from her strong grip. Apparently, Tylia was so absorbed in the way Hatori behaved that she forgot about 'Captian Hugglekins'.
"Hi, my name is Lavi. I think we should travel together and work together to get through this game." Lavi said, and Tylia nodded again. She introduced herself to Lavi, a bit cheered up by the invitation of the adult. Lavi was obviously nicer than Hatori, Tylia thought.
"Come on, Machine Gun." Hatori said. He had affectionately named his starter his favorite thing in all time. He owned one, but unfortunately, it didn't work. The Shroomish followed his new owner. Unlike the Teddiursa, this Shroomish was intent on helping this new person, whatever he was going to do. The Pokemon didn't know, but hopefully it was going to be fun!
Hatori crept into the tall grass slowly. It certainly live up to its name- though up to the waist was a tad bit ridiculous. Eh. Hopefully a good Pokemon would pop up.
Things were not living up to his expectations. First, he appeared at a town, with people saying exactly the same thing whenever he talked to them, no matter what he said. Creepy. And then, he tried to get in a PokeCenter, only to find out the 'automatic' doors didn't work and he was sealed out. Same thing with PokeMarts. Maybe that was why the game designers gave them a shitload of items to use at the start. But then what if all his pokemon fainted? Things were surely contradicting each other. Hopefully the Pokemon would be more expertly coded.
Hatori heard a rustle of grass on his left. He turned his head to see a Ralts trying to escape from him. Ralts liked cheerful people, and Hatori definitely had no attitude or relation to that word. Hatori yelled at the Ralts to stop. A Gardevoir would be a wonderful addition to his team, and he needed the Ralts to make this want come true.
"Machine Gun! Use... uh..." Hatori opened his Pokedex to scan his Shroomish, only to be reminded it didn't work. He groaned in displeasure, visibly annoyed.
"Just use any move you know." Hatori said. The Shroomish didn't have much of a choice. Hatori has forgotten that at the start of the game the Pokemon could only use a limited range of moves. It was exactly level ten when Hatori received it, and so it only knew Absorb, Tackle and Stun Spore.
The Shroomish was smart, though. It flapped up the unattached section of its orange body, revealing its gills. Strange balls shot out, burst, releasing tiny spores that circled the air fleeing Ralts, which was regretting the choice of investigating the strange noise even when it sensed negative feelings. As they say, curiosity killed the cat.
Ralts held its breathe, but soon it turned blue. Obviously, suffocating itself was not an option, so Ralts simply breathed in a bit of air. This bit of air had thousands of microscopic stun spores. Ralts felt its muscles lock as the spore came in contact with its small lung. This was not good.
Machine Gun and Hatori gave a small 'Yes', though Hatori heard Machine Gun's as a 'Shroom'. Hatori decided to lay back and watch his new Pokemon do the work. It seemed capable.
Ralts concentrated all its psychic power into its small but highly intelligent brain before launching the feeble amount of telekinetic power at Machine Gun. It was sent back a few feet in surprise, but quickly got up. Machine Gun was not confused, much to Ralt's dismay, and was now performing Absorb. A pin shot from its mouth and at Ralts, penetrating the delicate white skin that loosely hung from the insides of its body. White balls of pure, unadulterated energy flew from Ralts and into Machine Gun. Ralts felt weak, helpless. The weak Confusion took a lot out of it, and now it needed to rest for a while. Its stiff body couldn't budge. It was a desperate situation.
Machine Gun ran up and gave the Ralts a Tackle. Unfortunately, Machine Gun was not THAT smart and got the pin stuck to itself. Ralts winced as the pin stuck in deeper before it was clumsily pulled out. Glowing red blood poured out of the small pinhole. Hatori got the message, and immediately took out his Pokeball.
"Here you go. Come on!" Hatori aimed and fired the Pokeball in the same style as a bullet leaving the barrel of a gun. It missed miserably, and Hatori scratched the back of his head absentmindedly before pulling the pin out of Machine Gun and simply dropping the ball over the paralyzed Ralts. It was a miracle of programming that allowed the Ralts to shrink and simply go into the ball, and so was the rest of the world Hatori was now in, though he tended to look at the negative side. The ball shook, and Hatori looked in anticipation.
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