Neil Draigas Age:
plant ecologist Appearance
Hair: deep black, with a hint of bluey iridescence in the undertones. The strands are wiry and stick-straight, and avoid coarseness by being smooth and glossy. He wears his hair past his shoulders and often pulls it back either in a low-set ponytail, or in a thick braid.
Eyes: an earthy sepia dark enough to blend well with his pupil. It is veined with a slightly lighter chocolate tone concentrated around the rim of his iris.
Build: as Neil is a bit of an ethnic mutt, he has a rather generic build. Not too tall or short, not too broad or skinny, he is more or less average. His skin tone is just lighter than mocha, naturally, though he spends enough time in the field that it has a bronze overtone to deepen it. Ha has a rounded face and a long nose, with high cheekbones and full lips.
Wardrobe preference: As he spends a lot of time in the field, he wears practical clothing: tee shirts, cargo shorts or pants, and boots. His color choices lean toward warm neutrals, though he has a soft spot for deep blues. First impression
Neil comes off as either easygoing and friendly, or high on weed, depending on who's meeting him. He is a go-with-the-flow person, and this is reflected in his general attitude toward life. It's difficult to dislike him when you first meet him, as he maintains the attitude that a stranger is just a friend he hadn't met yet. This means that some people label him as a "pothead hippie" and others consider him to be a really sweet guy who's great to talk to. Introduction
"Hey everybody, my name's Neil Draigas. I have my Masters in plant ecology, and am on the expedition as the ecologist-slash-botanist. To do this I'm taking a break from pursuing a doctorate in ecological succession. For those of you who're unfamiliar with the jargon, I'm seeking a degree in what we're doing on Utropica.
"I came from near Striation City in Unova, though I've moved around a lot and have lived in every region except Kanto. I can't say I'm much of a trainer, since I've devoted a lot of my life to academia, but I do have my team just in case. They're helpful field assistants if anything." Party pokemon Helix,
male, lv. 45 Overgrow,
Giga Drain, Leech Seed, Toxic, Synthesis
Helix is named after the specific epithet (species name) of English ivy, Hedera helix.
Neil acquired Helix as a graduation gift when he got his B.S. in Ecology. Even as a snivy, Helix was regal and proud, and only his trainer's laid back influences have kept the kingly serpent from becoming insufferably pretentious. He has a very dry, sardonic sense of humor. Though Helix holds himself aloof from other, he really is quite fond of Neil. Myco,
male, lv. 43 Effect Spore,
Headbutt, Seed Bomb, Force Palm, Stone Edge
Myco is named after the term given to a mutualistic relationship between tree roots and fungi, mycorrhizae.
Neil met Myco as a shroomish when he was on a research trip with a group of zoologists studying torterra. The herd they were studying had taken ill from a blight that affected their dorsal trees, but the torterra were not the only ones affected: a few shroomish that lived on the totrterras' backs were also harmed by the blight. One followed them back to their camp, begging pitifully, so Neil took the poor shroomish in. Myco has never shown any inclination to return to his former life. Alba,
female, lv. 40 Chlorophyll,
Megahorn, Faint Attack, Wild Charge, Horn Leech
Alba is named after the specific epithet of the white oak tree, Quercus alba.
Alba was found under her namesake tree as a deerling fawn. No one knew what had happened to her mother, and it fell to Neil to foster her back to health. Neil has been hesitant to release her, not knowing if she would be able to find a herd, and she has shown no strong urge to leave.