Imagine a world where the bond between man and Pokemon is so much more than that--not merely companionship, but a true symbiosis, a connection that empowers both trainer and Pokemon. In the far and ancient past, when legends ruled and titans roamed the land, men were weak and fearful, timid beings in the face of nature and the infinite power of the cosmos. The earth was savage, the seas fierce, and the endless sky ruthless. Mankind was nothing compared to the nameless terrors that surrounded them.
But harsh, cruel, and alien does not mean evil, or monstrous. All it took was just one chance, a gamble of one human life to grow closer to one of those unfathomable beasts--then another, and another, and more. And the bond between man and what would eventually become known as Pokemon was born. But mere companionship was not enough to overturn millennia of fear and mistrust. As legends faded and turned to sleep, what mattered most to the rising humans was power.
The ancient tribes and races of men had learned to tame Pokemon, to train them and them as partners in war. But war was anathema to the Pokemon--their power was meant to safeguard and nurture creation, not spread ruin and bloodshed. Still, the tamed Pokemon loved their partners too much--even as countless lives were lost in the struggles between cities, between nations and nascent empires, the Pokemon served faithfully, unable to voice their fears and misgivings.
Yet something changed. By chance, by study, by providence, one exceptional individual discovered a transcendent power: the power to link with a Pokemon, to bind their souls and power together, to share their hearts and minds. This great hero unleashed the most powerful force in the history of the world. Alone, man had but his intelligence, his cunning and skill; Pokemon had but their natural power, untamed and wild. Even training and time were not enough to overcome these fundamental differences.
This binding united the strengths of both man and Pokemon, allowed each to experience the other. With the power of his binding, the hero brought peace to the world--then shared that power with all. By binding themselves to Pokemon, humans gained both the power to shape the world--the power to unleash fire, shift seas and rivers, break the earth itself asunder--and the innate desire for peace shared among all Pokemon, while the Pokemon themselves gained a telepathic connection with their bondmates and even finer control over their abilities. This unique connection--unbreakable and eternal--manifested itself as a Brand on the human's body, a permanent mark of the forged bond, glowing and shining with the energies of a Pokemon.
The techniques the hero had discovered were passed down and recorded among all the peoples of the world. In time, as the modern regions formed and societies stabilized, these teachings were collected in the Scrolls of Branding, great records of all the brands yet known.