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Written Story Kalos Teen Mon The Balance of Life and Death: A Pokemon Y Storylocke

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Thread Description
A 17-year-old trainer called Finlay begins his journey through Kalos with his beloved partner, unaware of the danger that lurks around every corner. Can he overcome it? Chapter schedules are hopefully one bulky chapter per fortnight.

Snowy_Calum

stupid
Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Hey all! Calum here, back with another story! This story is given from the perspective of 17-year-old Finlay, who begins his journey through Kalos with his beloved partner Pokémon. Naturally, the character is unaware of this to begin with, but this is a Nuzlocke. In addition, there will be a few extra rules that make this story feel much more realistic. Also, you can find a Table of Contents below the rules - this will be continuously updated as chapters release. Both are listed below!

As a standard for now, I expect to release around 2-3 chapters per week. As the full chapters could be rather big, I will be splitting all chapters into segments for those who prefer a shorter read!
1) If any Pokémon faints, it is considered dead. It must be permanently boxed at the nearest opportunity.
2) Finlay can only catch the first eligible encounter in any area. There are a couple of exceptions.
  • The forced Pidgey on Route 2 will be skipped.
  • Dupes Clause: If I already have the Pokédex entry of the first encounter (e.g. I catch a Caterpie on Route 2, and it is again my first encounter in Santalune Forest), I can reroll the encounter for another one. This does not include an entire evolution line, due to the nature of Kalos' Pokédex variety.
3) All Pokémon must be nicknamed. This will strengthen the bond between Finlay and his Pokémon.
4) Soft No Depositing Rule: While this is not going to be strict, Finlay will try to keep Pokémon around for as long as possible until it is necessary to box them, for the greater good of the team.
5) Tree of Life: If the starter dies, the run is over, unless there is high demand to finish the run in the starter's honour.
6) If all six of Finlay's Pokémon unable to battle, the run is considered over. However, like Rule 5, if there is high demand to finish the run in the dead team's honour, AND there are Pokémon available in the box, the story will continue.
7) Destroying The Competition: The run is not considered over until Finlay has defeated the main Rival for the last time in Kiloude City.

 
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ZesT

The Handsome Strapping Young Lad
Pokédex No.
5680
Caught
Jul 19, 2022
Messages
3
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
He/Him (male)
Pokémon Type
  1. Water
  2. Psychic
Pokédex Entry
It has a vast number of incredibly niche interests, none of which most people know anything about.
It's funny time, ladies and gentlemen.
I should probably do a Storylocke of my own someday. I'd do Unown if it wasn't a romhack that's perfectly capable of rinsing me, but I guess I could do a Storylocke of a Gen 4 or 5 game maybe.
 
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Snowy_Calum

Snowy_Calum

stupid
Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
It's funny time, ladies and gentlemen.
I should probably do a Storylocke of my own someday. I'd do Unown if it wasn't a romhack that's perfectly capable of rinsing me, but I guess I could do a Storylocke of a Gen 4 or 5 game maybe.
Indeed it is.

And with the rules and foundations out the way, here is the Prologue of the Storylocke! Please let me know what your opinions are on the length - it'll allow me to figure out a good length for future chapters! However, do note that in comparison to main chapters, this Prologue is likely a lot shorter. Hope you all enjoy! Chapter 1 will be out in the coming days, and I'll keep you all updated should this change.
I glanced down at my sleek black shoes, aware of the journey I was soon to embark on. It was only a few days until I turned 17 - the age where trainers were deemed “ripe” to travel through Kalos with a Pokémon gifted by the Professor. And yet somehow, I didn’t feel the overwhelming urge that every Trainer has to explore the vast region of Kalos. For a good year, something had been… wrong. Everybody knew it, but we couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I’d been and done my speculations, but nothing really added up. What was supposed to be excitement was instead replaced by bewilderment. However, despite how nervous I was to traverse the beautiful landscapes, there was still a spark of positivity in there. Branch - my Turtwig - lay on my pillow, cutely asleep. Although I wasn’t allowed to own him yet, he was basically mine anyway.

Around a year ago, I found him lying by the side of the road, struggling to move. I took him back to my house and nursed him back to health. Then, he just stuck around. When I turned 17, I could finally get a Poké Ball and officially call him my Pokémon. He’d always been a little on the lazy side, but he was a really optimistic Pokémon; never willing to give up, and always seeing the positives. I knew he would be vital for my journey ahead. I got up and looked in my shining mirror, checking out my new signature outfit that I’d picked out the other day. While my usual, brunette, short, messy hair had received minimal change, the clothes I wore were quite different. They consisted of a black short-sleeve shirt, a brown jacket, black denim jeans, and my usual black shoes. In addition, I’d gotten my ears pierced a couple months ago, and diamond stud earrings took those places. I adjusted my rectangular glasses, which emphasised my harsh, blazing crimson eyes.

Suddenly, I felt a large lump of mass jump on my shoulder, and Branch purred while rubbing his face against mine. Looking in the mirror, I then realised how ready I was. I had waited years for this. Who cared what was going on behind closed doors? This was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, unless I found any leads. I smiled kindly at Branch, who once again rubbed himself against my face.
“We can do this. I can feel it. We’ll find ourselves some great friends, both people and Pokémon. We’ll explore the Kalos region for all it has to offer, and most importantly, beat every obstacle that stands in the way of us getting to the Pokémon League! Just us versus Kalos-”

“Finlay! Branch! Dinner’s ready!” A woman’s voice echoed from downstairs. I looked at Branch, holding him in my arms.
“...We’ll talk later. For now, let’s go get some food!” I told him. Then, I went hurriedly downstairs for my dinner, the countdown to my journey continuing every second. Just three days until the journey of a lifetime, for me, Finlay, and my partner, Branch. And I couldn’t put into words how full of joy I was.
I'm really gonna enjoy writing about Finlay and his adventure, and I'm hopeful that you'll come to like him as a character as we progress. Also, Branch must be protected at all costs. This is also my first time properly writing using a first person narrative! Let me know if you find any inconsistencies, and I'm always open to constructive criticism! Hope you all enjoyed the opening!
 
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pinkshellos

just a sea slug
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
1220
Caught
Dec 23, 2019
Messages
729
Location
Hoenn Route 120
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Flying
Pokédex Entry
A timid Pokémon typically found in groups. The only thing that motivates them more than companionship is food.
Always happy to see another new Kalos run on the forums!
I like this a lot so far -- Finlay is an interesting protagonist so far, he seems to be very gentle and has a big heart, but still has a lot of determination and willpower. I love Branch already, I've never seen the Turtwig line used in Kalos before - is the game randomized or did you just replace one of the starters with Turtwig?
For a good year, something had been… wrong. Everybody knew it, but we couldn’t pinpoint what it was.
Ooooo, this is a good hook. Now I'm wondering if it'll be Team Flare and the ultimate weapon, or if there's something more going on too...
Branch - my Turtwig - lay on my pillow, cutely asleep.
Adorable.
Who cared what was going on behind closed doors?
Again! A good hook! Are the closed doors Team Flare? The pokemon league? Someone/something else we don't even know about yet? Really looking forward to reading more of this!
 
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Snowy_Calum

stupid
Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Always happy to see another new Kalos run on the forums!
I like this a lot so far -- Finlay is an interesting protagonist so far, he seems to be very gentle and has a big heart, but still has a lot of determination and willpower. I love Branch already, I've never seen the Turtwig line used in Kalos before - is the game randomized or did you just replace one of the starters with Turtwig?

Ooooo, this is a good hook. Now I'm wondering if it'll be Team Flare and the ultimate weapon, or if there's something more going on too...

Adorable.

Again! A good hook! Are the closed doors Team Flare? The pokemon league? Someone/something else we don't even know about yet? Really looking forward to reading more of this!
Hey! Glad you enjoyed the prologue!
Obviously with the "hooks", I'm saying nothing, but you'll find out in due time!
As for the Turtwig line, I ended up randomising my starter options (just the starters) to make things a little more interesting rather than the usual trio. My options were Trapinch, Skorupi, and Turtwig, so I took Turtwig.
As mentioned, hoping to get Chapter 1 out in the coming days, hopefully by Monday, but we know plans rarely actually go to plan 😂 Hope you enjoy the upcoming chapters, regardless!
 
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Snowy_Calum

Snowy_Calum

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Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Hey all, just a little update on Chapter 1's release. It'll be out on Sunday 31st July, (today/tomorrow, depending on your timezone), at 6pm BST. It's a pretty big one, so it'll be split into 3-4 segments, though all of these will be in the same reply to make them much easier to locate for me and all of you - just in different spoiler messages. One final thing, this chapter does not contain much progression, it more sets the foundations for things to come. You can expect a quicker pace in Chapter 2. All that aside, hope you're all looking forward to it! ❤️
 
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Snowy_Calum

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Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Decided to release the chapter a little early, cause why not! It's already finished anyway, who likes waiting 😂
This Chapter doesn't involve a lot of actual region progression, as mentioned above, just really sets the foundations and sets it up for Chapter 2. This one is mainly "story-driven", and the next one is likely to be more progression-driven. That aside, I hope you all enjoy Chapter 1! It's split into three segments, all are slightly longer lengths than the Prologue.

CW FOR ALL CHAPTERS MOVING FORWARD: infrequent swearing


Mareep. How cute and fluffy they were. Counting them while sleeping, imagining their little round selves hopping over a small fence… It was the most basic dream, yet so wholesome at the same time. It had been a great sleep, until I was snapped back to reality by all 10 kilograms of something jumping on my stomach. My Turtwig, Branch, was looking at me, clearly unimpressed; it was 9am. I’d planned to get up about two hours ago. Following this realisation, I plopped Branch on his bed, rolled out of my own, and sprinted downstairs to use the bathroom and get ready.

Get ready for what? Today I was 17 - I could finally go on my journey through Kalos. However, I’d agreed to meet up with my two friends, Shauna and Robyn, at nine thirty. I’d just crawled out of the bathroom when my mother had detected my presence.
“Honestly, Finlay, I would’ve thought you’d make an effort to be up early today!” She frowned disapprovingly.
“Oh shush, you know my ability is basically Comatose.” I responded drearily, rubbing my eyes while making a coffee.
“That’s hardly any excuse! You should’ve set an alarm!” She quickly said. Noticing me making a coffee, she snatched the mug from my hands. “And you definitely don’t have any time for this! Robyn and Shauna will be here in fifteen minutes! Now get dressed!” It was great being scolded right after you’d gotten out of bed.
“Bu-” There was one thing I knew. Coffee would be my lifeline today. However, mother dearest thought otherwise.
“No buts! You can drink it if you’re ready in time.” She cut me off abruptly. Internally, I raged at my metaphorical lifeline being cut off, and rushed upstairs to chuck my clothes on. After getting my signature outfit on and flattening my bed hair, I ran downstairs, only to be greeted by the doorbell ringing.
“Oh, for Arceus’ sake…” I muttered. Obviously I was excited about today, but this morning had far from gone to plan. I braced myself for socialising, and opened the door. I was greeted by the two friendly faces I expected - Robyn and Shauna.

Robyn was your typical friendly girl, really. She was very caring, compassionate, and just generally kind. Though, that was if you were on her good side. She definitely had a fiery side, that’s for sure. She had orange hair, and vibrant, emerald coloured eyes. Along with this, she wore a green top, brown jeans, and a beige jumper. To top that off, she also had heart shaped earrings. New outfit, just like me, marking our new adventure.
As for Shauna, well, she was certainly very bubbly. If anything, a tad overexcitable, but it could be argued that was a good thing. Ironically, though, she was also the quieter of the two when it came to passion; she was quietly determined, and that’s what was so great about her. She wore the same outfit that she had for years, not that I expected any different. Both of them were truly amazing friends, and I was glad I had known them for so long - three years, to be exact. There’s no other pair of friends I’d rather have travelled across Kalos with.
“Hey, Finn. You ready to head off to A-” Robyn began cheerily, but I had no intention of saying yes.
“NO I NEED MY COFFEE GIVE ME TWO MINUTES I’LL BE STRAIGHT BACK I PROMISE!!!” I blurted out all at once before shutting the door again. Panic temporarily over. I ran to the kitchen, downed my coffee, and went dashing back upstairs two at a time to fetch my bag. I picked up Branch from the top of the stairs, plopped him on my shoulder, and sped back down.

I finally made it outside in one piece after saying goodbye to Mum, and found Robyn petting our family’s Rhyhorn, who was loving the attention. Meanwhile, Shauna was sitting on the grass, supposedly taking a nap.
“This one’s a cutie, isn’t he!” Robyn smiled happily.
“Yeah, he adores basically anyone who’ll give him the time of day.” I replied, still a little moody. Being a morning person was not one of my qualities. Branch kicked me in the chin lightly to wake me up.
“Finally, you took soooooooooo long! I felt like a Snorlax, sitting here!” Shauna pouted, not satisfied that she had to wait around. Robyn chuckled.
“Shush, Shauna, I’ve only just rolled out of bed. Anyway, we’re off to Aquacorde, right?” I questioned the pair. Any normal person would question how we get there without Pokémon, but there’s literally no grass separating the two towns. Not to mention, Branch was a tough little guy, he’d protect us.
“Yup!" The pair said in unison.
“In that case, what are we waiting for? I thought Shauna was tired of sitting here!” I joked, and the three of us made our way to Aquacorde.
We arrived at Aquacorde, and in good timing, as we’d run out of things to talk about. Branch was busy using my shoulder and neck as comfort, snoozing away. And he was the one not impressed by me oversleeping.
“So we’re looking for some nerdy bloke that bangs on about how many Pokédex entries he has, right?” I asked bluntly.
“Arceus, you have a way with words, Finn. Yes, we’re looking for a guy named Trevor!” Just for context, Finn was my nickname. Honestly, I preferred it over Finlay - my lazy brain found it easier to use. Shauna was too busy freaking out like an overexcited teenage girl at the sight of chairs and tables. Oh wait, she was an overexcitable teenage girl. My bad. I facepalmed regardless, not noticing the short boy that was walking up to us.
“Uhm, are you guys the three Trainers I was told to find?” He spoke, a slight quiver in his voice. Branch had stirred and opened his eyes, raising an eyebrow at what seemed to be the person we were looking for. Shauna stopped admiring the tables and looked over at us, realising we’d found Trevor.
“OH HI!” Shauna yelled, sprinting up to take Trevor’s hand and shake it. “I’M SHAUNA! WHAT’S YOUR STAR SIGN? AND HOW OLD ARE YOU? WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING THE PROFESSOR’S ASSISTANT? HOW MANY POKÉDEX ENTRIES DO YOU HAVE? I NEED TO KNOW! She ranted, a crazed look in her eyes. Robyn and I simply stood there, too stunned to say anything. Shauna certainly hadn’t done anything like this with us.
“Uh… I’m Trevor. Anyway, I know you three can hardly wait to get your Pokémon, so here they are!” Trevor dug into his small bag while Shauna whined about getting ignored, and showcased the three options for all of us - or more specifically, for Robyn and Shauna. We’d seen the starter Pokémon showcased on the television plenty of times.
First was Chespin. A loveable little hedgehog that had the potential to become a brutal offensive weapon.
Second, Fennekin. An adorable fox that maintained its cuteness throughout its life, becoming a wielder of magic.
Finally, Froakie. It was a timid little frog, but eventually found its confidence upon evolution and became stealthy, like a ninja.

Robyn and Shauna had already decided a while ago which two they were choosing. Shauna picked up Froakie, ecstatic that she could finally be a Trainer
“HI FROAKIE! ME AND YOU WILL BE BFFS!!” She yelled a little loudly, causing Froakie to cover its eyes with its small hands. Robyn, the one with the common sense, took a more calm approach to her new Pokémon - she’d chosen Fennekin.
“Hiya girl… I’m Robyn.” She introduced herself, in the most calming way she possibly could. Fennekin then jumped into Robyn’s arms without needing to be told, and licked her chin. “Oh wow! You’re not as timid as I thought you might be!” Robyn laughed, petting her firefox. Trevor then turned to me.
“Sycamore told me you’d only need a Poké Ball, and I can tell he’s right, judging by that Turtwig on your shoulder!” Trevor pointed out, and Branch nodded in unison with me. “In that case, take your pick!” He brought out a selection of Poké Balls: a Premier Ball, a Dusk Ball, a Safari Ball, and an ordinary Poké Ball. I felt there was only one real option, only one option that would suit Branch perfectly.
“I’ll take the Premier Ball, please!” Trevor nodded with a smile and handed me the Premier Ball.

I took Branch off my shoulder and placed him on the ground.
“After an entire year… we can finally be an official Team.” Branch made a happy barking sort of noise, and headbutted the Premier Ball. One. Two. Three. A resounding click emanated through the quiet town. An overwhelming surge of excitement washed over me; it was finally starting. The journey of my life.
“Congrats to all of you! You’re all officially Pokémon Trainers!”
“Hell yeah!” The three of us screamed with glee. I’d had my doubts about going on this journey, but now that I had officially started it… I don’t know why I had any doubts. I let Branch out of his Premier Ball, as I didn’t intend to keep him in there unless necessary.
“Hey, Branch!” I greeted him, even though he’d only been in the Premier Ball for about a minute. That was when I was hit with the biggest shock of my life.
Hi Finn! Branch said, though curiously, without moving his mouth. What the fuck was this?! I simply stood there, shell-shocked, mouth open. How the actual hell was I hearing a Pokémon speak? There had to be some explanation. Branch looked at me with loving eyes, but was confused by my reaction.
Are you okay? You seem a little tense… None of what Branch said registered in my brain. I was still too stunned to notice anything. Just… how?! I’d never heard Pokémon speak before. Not once, in my entire 17 years of existing. So why now? Did becoming a Trainer have something to do with this? Surely not, I just watched Robyn and Shauna speak to their Pokémon, and they were perfectly fine. Why was I different-
“EARTH TO FINN!!!!” Robyn yelled harshly down my ear, accompanied by a punch to my arm. I was snapped back to reality for the second time today, and about to open my mouth with a flurry of questions. To say I was in a state of panic was an underestimation. However, at the same time, I didn’t feel comfortable with figuring this out in front of a stranger. Yes, he was the Professor’s assistant, but I needed time to figure this out myself. I would talk to Robyn and Shauna when we were alone.

“Huh- Oh, sorry… Zoned out. What were you saying?” I recomposed myself as best I could, picking up Branch and petting him.
“...Trevor just left! Did you not hear him say goodbye?” Shauna frowned, concerned.
“Well no, I was zoned out.” I repeated, gathering my mess of a brain into one loosely connected ball. “I’ll sort it out when we see the Professor at some point. In the meantime, can you two hear your partners speak? As in, perfect English?”
It’s not normal for Trainers to hear their partners? Branch thought out loud. He’d only ever been my Pokémon (as far as I knew), so it was understandable that he wasn’t too experienced in this either.
“Are you still half asleep or what? Stupid question, nobody has ever been able to communicate with Pokémon in perfect English! Honestly, Finn, wake the fuck UP!” Robyn responded, the annoyance in her voice quite apparent.
“Okay, no need for hostility, jeez…” I wasn't really sure why she was so angry, I’d only asked a simple question.
“I mean… I can’t speak to my Froakie in English, even though I wish I could! Why do you ask?” Shauna asked, taking the kinder approach. Robyn, however, rolled her eyes.
“I’m off to Route 2. Let me know when Komala here wakes up.” She then stormed off in an unexplained fit of rage. Maybe now wasn’t the right time to tell them, I needed both of them at once for them to actually understand. I decided to wait for a better moment.
“Well, I just thought maybe if people and Pokémon understand each other enough… it might be a possibility.” I lied.
“Oh… Sorry about Robyn bestie, she can be really irritable sometimes, but you really should get yourself together. This is supposed to be an exciting first day to our journey!” Shauna patted my shoulder, giving me a supportive smile.
“Yeah, I’m sorry. Today just really hasn’t gone to plan so far. Hey, how about we lighten things up?” The idea popped into my head right as the words exited my mouth, and Shauna knew exactly what I meant.
“YES! ME AND MY LI’L FROAKIE’S DEBUT BATTLE! LET’S DO THIS, FINN!”

My first battle was an absolute blast, if a little short-lived. Branch reigned triumphant over Shauna’s Froakie, after using Tackle a few times and ensuring Froakie didn’t hit him with Water Gun. Branch once again tried to talk to me, but I ignored speaking to him verbally. I was really starting to feel bad, so I told Shauna to catch up with Robyn and I’d catch them up when I’d said goodbye to Mum. Me and my little turtle went backtracking to Vaniville, and were finally alone. Branch stopped suddenly and looked up at me, his eyes wide and sad.
Please stop ignoring me… Tell me what’s wrong. I want to help! He said. I felt tears begin to well up upon seeing his face. The start to today had been so shitty and overwhelming, and just generally not the start I was hoping for. I’d found out something I never knew was possible, and caused Robyn to fall out with me. Everything had gone wrong on what was supposed to be the best day of my life.
“...Don’t worry. I can hear you. I think we need to have a talk, just you and me.” Branch’s eyes lit up at me responding to him.
Yay! Despite everything, Branch continued to be my beacon of light. And he continued to be my shoulder pain. He jumped up on my shoulder with a grin, headbutted my chin, and reassured me:
Whatever it is, we’re a team! We’ll get through it. I know it’s a shock, to know you can hear me, but we’ll work it out! A small smile broke out across my face.
“Let’s talk, bud.”
I'm really happy with how this chapter turned out! While nothing much really happened in terms of region progression, it was a chance to flesh out the character personalities a lot more! Also, I decided to make Shauna much more likeable and less annoying than in the game. Lastly, note that Serena, the main rival in the games, has been replaced by Robyn. She will still use the same team that Serena does with no differences, it's just the character that's different, as I felt Serena was too boring to try and work with. Trevor and Tierno will not be rivals, and therefore, their battles do not count toward the Storylocke overall. All this aside, hope you enjoyed the chapter as much as I did writing it!

Chapter 2 is planned to be out by Thursday as a soft deadline, this may be earlier or later depending on how things go - I'll let you all know if it turns out to be later.
Branch (Turtwig) (M) Lv. 5
Nature: Impish
Ability: Overgrow
Moves: Tackle / Withdraw
Item: N/A
 
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Snowy_Calum

Snowy_Calum

stupid
Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Hey all, just a quick update: somebody brought to my attention that the colours of text for two characters are a bit of a problem to see on the default theme, so I've fixed them. Let me know if anybody else has these problems in future!
 
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Snowy_Calum

Snowy_Calum

stupid
Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
A quick important update regarding the rules - the Depositing Rule is no longer going to be strict, but I will try to keep Pokémon around for as long as realistically possible. Thankfully, I haven't even gotten far enough for this clause to come into effect yet as I don't have a full team, so it's fine to change this now while I have the chance. After all, I don't want to wipe to say, Lysandre and his Mega Gyarados for bringing a Ledian or something 😂

And on the less important side, I've changed the font of Pokémon to contrast human speech, in order to make them more recognisable.

Anyways, Chapter 2 is still scheduled for a Thursday release. Hope you're all looking forward to it! 👍
 

pinkshellos

just a sea slug
Artist
Writer
Team Delta
Pokédex No.
1220
Caught
Dec 23, 2019
Messages
729
Location
Hoenn Route 120
Nature
Calm
Pronouns
they/them
Pokémon Type
  1. Bug
  2. Flying
Pokédex Entry
A timid Pokémon typically found in groups. The only thing that motivates them more than companionship is food.
Oooo very exciting to meet Finn's friends! In my opinion a chapter spent introducing the characters well is just as good as a chapter with region progression.
Oh my gosh I LOVE your version of Shauna. She's so much more fleshed out/alive feeling than in the game
“This one’s a cutie, isn’t he!” Robyn smiled happily.
“Yeah, he adores basically anyone who’ll give him the time of day.” I replied, still a little moody. Being a morning person was not one of my qualities. Branch kicked me in the chin lightly to wake me up.
Branch continues to be an absolute winner

“I’M SHAUNA! WHAT’S YOUR STAR SIGN? AND HOW OLD ARE YOU? WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING THE PROFESSOR’S ASSISTANT? HOW MANY POKÉDEX ENTRIES DO YOU HAVE? I NEED TO KNOW!”
WHAT'S YOUR STAR SIGN I am deceased. Shauna is 200% the type to be intro astrology, I can't believe I'd never considered this before

“...Don’t worry. I can hear you. I think we need to have a talk, just you and me.” Branch’s eyes lit up at me responding to him.
Yay! Despite everything, Branch continued to be my beacon of light. And he continued to be my shoulder pain. He jumped up on my shoulder with a grin, headbutted my chin, and reassured me:
Whatever it is, we’re a team! We’ll get through it. I know it’s a shock, to know you can hear me, but we’ll work it out! A small smile broke out across my face.
“Let’s talk, bud.”
Awwww Branch is so sweet, he and Finn work really well together!
The pink text for Shauna's dialogue is still a bit hard to read against the default theme, a darker shade of pink would probably be a-ok though!
 
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Pokédex No.
4911
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Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
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Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Oooo very exciting to meet Finn's friends! In my opinion a chapter spent introducing the characters well is just as good as a chapter with region progression.
Oh my gosh I LOVE your version of Shauna. She's so much more fleshed out/alive feeling than in the game
Branch continues to be an absolute winner


WHAT'S YOUR STAR SIGN I am deceased. Shauna is 200% the type to be intro astrology, I can't believe I'd never considered this before


Awwww Branch is so sweet, he and Finn work really well together!
The pink text for Shauna's dialogue is still a bit hard to read against the default theme, a darker shade of pink would probably be a-ok though!
Hi, and thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I agree too, we don't need to be steaming ahead at full throttle for the entire thing, it helps to have some proper development.
Glad you like my version of Shauna! I thought I'd try to flesh out her personality more while still keeping the same "light-hearted" feeling from the original games. And obviously, it only felt right to give her some funny lines.
And as for Shauna's text colour, I've tested a darker pink on the default theme and it's all good now.
I'm happy you enjoyed Chapter 1!
 
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Pokédex No.
4911
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Quirky
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  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Hi all, very quick update: just wrapped up Chapter 2, but it's pretty late where I am so I'll post the chapter as soon as I get a chance. If I'm not super busy, it should be released in the next 12-18 hours! (I value beauty sleep 😅)
 
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Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Sorry for the late upload all, but Chapter 2 is finally here! Turns out I really jinxed myself and ended up being busy today, lol. Anyway, it's a little longer than Chapter 1 if I'm not mistaken, and split into three segments. Hope you all enjoy!


I didn’t really know where to start. All I had for support was Branch, and yet he was the one who made me discover the problem (not on purpose, I knew this).
“Finn? I thought we were gonna talk…” Branch asked.
“Yeah, sorry, just thinking about where to start. It’s just… I’ve never heard Pokémon talk before. And surely it can’t be a known thing, otherwise Robyn and Shauna would be able to talk to their Pokémon.” I explained, though probably quite poorly.
“I don’t get it. I thought all Trainers could talk to their Pokémon! At least… that’s what Mama told me!”
“That doesn’t make any sense though. How would you know that, you’ve only had me as a Trainer-”
“Now that you can understand me properly, I can tell you otherwise… I had one other Trainer, before you found me. They understood me too, but they didn’t keep me for long… I woke up one morning and they’d just left me on the side of a crowded street-”
“WHAT. WHO THE FUCK WOULD ABANDON YOU?!” I shouted, rage building up at learning what Branch had told me. Who in their right mind would abandon their Pokémon like that? ESPECIALLY Branch. He was so wholesome and supportive, I just couldn’t get my head around any sort of reason for doing it.
“I guess… they just didn’t like me?” Branch’s voice broke at the last part of this sentence. My rage only continued to grow.
“Well that’s a them problem! How dare they?! At the very least, have the COMMON DECENCY to hand you to a Pokémon Center, or something!” I seethed.
“Yeah… but t-that’s in the past now, right?” My heart broke seeing Branch’s eyes well up with tears. I picked him up and hugged him tightly, saying:
“I don’t want you to ever worry about that again, I promise you, I’ll never abandon you. We’ll stick together until the day one of us dies.” I gave him a kind smile, and this seemed to cheer him up a bit. “Y’know what? Screw whatever this ‘understanding’ shit is. We’ll just roll with it. Not only that, but it helps us understand each other on a much deeper level, and this conversation is proof of that. Besides, Lumiose City isn’t too far away! I’m sure Sycamore would be able to help.”
“...You’re right Finn. We shouldn’t let this impact the journey we’ve waited for for over a year now! Let’s just keep it a secret until we meet Sycamore though… It’d be a pain to explain what’s happening to Robyn or Shauna with a lack of knowledge ourselves.” Branch explained smartly. I never even realised that Branch was this logical - yet I loved it all the same. Talking to Branch was not something I expected first thing this morning, and yet I didn’t feel like I ever wanted to not be a Trainer again.
“I was gonna speak to them both, but I think we should definitely take your approach. It’ll be better with context, and we both know how Robyn reacted earlier.”
“Yeah… But I’m sure she’ll listen when we have the context! Plus, she knows you weren’t exactly the most awake this morning.”
“Sometimes, I really love your optimism. Let’s head home and tell Mum we’re leaving, we’ve got a set of friends to catch up with. Thanks, Branch. It means a lot that you’re here with me.” Branch’s eyes glistened with joy as he looked at me, and headbutted my chin as a sign of love.
“Yeah, alright, I need my common sense!” I laughed.
We didn’t do any fancy goodbyes with Mum; I could call her any time I wanted anyway. She did give me the Pokédex that she had delivered from the Professor, though! Me and Branch talked a lot more on the way back to Aquacorde, about a lot of trivia stuff. We had a year of stuff to catch up on, so it made for good conversation! Eventually, we made it to the other side of Aquacorde.
“Now’s where the real journey begins! Onwards, taxi!” Branch joked, pointing his stubby leg in Route 2’s direction.
“That’ll be another 500 Pokédollars to get to Route 2, sir!” I played along, laughing, and we both went walking into where our adventure truly began.

It didn’t take long to find Robyn and Shauna. Branch took out a wild Pidgey on the way to them. I would’ve caught it, but I had a distinct lack of Poké Balls. It turned out Shauna had talked Robyn round into waiting for me, and they were both training in the grass.
“You finally turned up then.” Robyn stated, still a little frosty.
“Yeah. First, before we go anywhere, I should apologis-”
“No, I should be the one doing that. There was no logical reason for me to be so irritable. Let’s just put it past us and actually enjoy our journey.” Robyn interrupted, sighing.
“Agreed! Also, thanks for waiting for me!”
“It’s what friends do, bestie!” Shauna exclaimed happily.
“Here. Some Poké Balls. My mum gave me a ton of ‘pocket money’ so I figured I might as well put some of it to good use!” Robyn then handed me 10 Poké Balls, and I swiftly put 7 of them in my bag: 3 of them I kept in my pockets if I needed to act quickly.
“Robyn already showed me how to catch Pokémon in the most effective way! She learnt from her parents. Do you need to know?” Shauna offered. I shook my head, saying:
“Ironically, I learnt from my parents too! So, where are we-” I stopped suddenly after feeling something prickly on my foot. “Wha-” This was when I looked down and found a bug sniffing my shoe, as if it was some sort of scrumptious snack. I used my shoe as bait, and shuffled it to the left. As predicted, the small black bug followed, and I dropped a readied Poké Ball on its head.

One. Two. Three. The similar resounding click spoke to us all - the bug was caught. I took out my fresh Pokédex, and scanned the Poké Ball I had used to catch the bug. It read out:
‘Scatterbug, the Scatterdust Pokémon. Male. Type: Bug. Moves: Tackle, String Shot. The powder that covers its body regulates its temperature, so it can live in any region or climate.’
“OOOOH, THAT’S SO EXCITING!! YOU ALREADY GOT A POKÉMON!!!” Shauna yelled with glee.
“Congrats, Finn! I already caught myself a Zigzagoon, though I think he’ll only be on the team until we find a Pokémon Center. He doesn’t seem to get along with Fennekin.”
“That’s still cool! Another one for your 'Dex. Regardless... welcome to the team, Kevin!” I greeted, placing the Poké Ball on my Trainer Belt - I’d received this from Trevor, as had Robyn and Shauna. “Anyway, where are we off to?”
“Hm. I kinda want to hang back here, and catch a few more Pokémon for the ‘Dex.”
“Robyn’s teaching me some basics, so I think I’ll hang back too!”
“...Right. In that case, Santalune Forest is just ahead. How about we meet up on Route 3 - the other side - by nightfall?” I suggested. There were two feelings going through me at that moment: sadness that we wouldn’t travel together for a while again, yet happiness that I’d be able to actually meet Kevin, and whatever I caught in Santalune Forest.
“Sure, that works. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to investigate by ourselves. I hardly expect us to travel together for the ENTIRE journey, so we’d best get used to it!
“Couldn’t have put it better myself. Also, I want time with MY CUTESY FROAKIE!!!” Shauna squealed in agreement.
“Well that’s all settled then! See ya later!” At least I would get time to build a solid trio before reforming with Robyn and Shauna; this couldn’t be bad, surely.

As I got out of earshot of my two friends, I let Kevin and Branch out of their Poké Balls.
“We got a new bud! Hi! ‘M Branch!” Branch introduced himself. Kevin was a bit of a nerd, apparently.
“First, we’ve got to lay out some ground rules.” Scatterbug, whom I’d named Kevin, spoke poshly. “One - you keep me in your pocket when I’m not in battle, so I have protection. This is temporary until I reach my final form. Two - I absolutely do not have an irrational fear of birds. In addition, I assu-”
“WHOAH there, slow down little guy!” Kevin halted to a stop. “Let’s start slowly. Right, so I’m Finn, and this is Branch. Welcome to the team!”
“Yes, I’m Kevin, back to the point. I assume you are aware by now that I am indeed very knowledgeable, more than your average Pokémon. However, I’m sure if you two had the wits to catch such an intellectual, I'd be honoured to fight by your side. I needed to get that out before I was interrupted.” Kevin then gave a goofy little smile, his small tooth poking out, which had me sold.
“That’s fine with me!”
“Agreed! I hope we get to be great buddies!” Branch said, rubbing his cheek against Kevin as his usual sign of friendship. While a little flinchy at first, Kevin thanked Branch for his kindness. With that, we made our way to Santalune Forest. I was happy with Kevin being our first catch. He seemed like a kind soul, perhaps a little cocky for his size, but he definitely seemed knowledgeable. I couldn’t say the same for our next catch though…

We’d arrived in the forest, and it was far from a welcoming place. Very dark, mysterious, and just generally dangerous. Branch kept on lookout while Kevin cowered in my pocket.
“Don’t let them get me, I beg you! I beg you!” For good reason, as a Fletchling shoved me onto the floor. They were a feisty one, for sure! And while it was definitely rude of her to do such a thing, I liked that kind of fire.
“Branch! Knock that Fletchling down a peg or two with Tackle! Gently now, don’t wanna make it flee!” Branch hit the feisty bird with a harsh Tackle, leaving them struggling to move on the floor. At that moment, I threw my Poké Ball. One. Shit! They were definitely a fighter, as they broke out, raring to go again. I winked at Branch, who distracted Fletchling by doing a little tap dance. Not the first idea that came to mind, but sure, it worked. Then, I slammed my second Poké Ball into Fletchling’s tail. One. Two. Annnnndddddd…

Three. The familiar click echoed through the uninviting woods. As with Kevin, I brought out my Pokédex and scanned the Poké Ball with Fletchling in it.
‘Fletchling, the Tiny Robin Pokémon. Female. Type: Normal and Flying. Moves: Tackle, Growl. Despite the beauty of its lilting voice, it's merciless to intruders that enter its territory.’
“...Whew! That’s an interesting catch!”
“Well, we got a good fighter it seems!”
“Just please keep that pigeon away from me, yuck!” Kevin recoiled back into the untold depths of my pocket as I gave him a glare for insulting Fletchling, who I had dubbed…
“Come on out, Willow!” I chucked my freshly caught Fletchling’s Poké Ball into the air, and an annoyed bird popped out.
“Hmph. You just got lucky. Don’t think I’m helpin’ you if you piss me off!” She complained, clearly not impressed by mine and Branch’s trick.
‘Oh Arceus above, help me.’ I internally sighed.
“See! I knew a bird was bad luck!” Kevin piped up, before being quickly shut down by the loud attitude of Willow.
“I suggest you shut it before I have you for dinner, pathetic bug.” She intimidated him.
“Hey! Leave him alone, I’m in charge here! Nobody’s eating anyone!” Branch stood in, making his presence clear.
“You’re both weak to Flying-moves, for cryin’ out loud! I could sweep both of you before you lay a hit on my beautiful, well-looked-after wings!” Willow wheezed in response. This was just great. Absolutely outstanding. What a capture.
“Enough, let’s get through this forest.” I cut them off sternly, and the four of us ventured through Santalune Forest.

I knew not every new friend would fit in perfectly, but this was quite a bit earlier than I anticipated. The three bickered on the entire way through the forest, as I picked up a few items on the way, including a Paralyse Heal and Potion. Neat! Though why anybody would drop such useful items was beyond me. Regardless, we beat a Trainer on the way through, nothing too challenging. Branch made short work of them. After that, we reached a Trainer who went by the name of Anna, and she had a Pikachu.
“I want a toy to play with before I end up pecking that bug’s eyes out.” Willow struck at the electric mouse hard with Tackle, as it was evident that the Pikachu didn’t expect such strength. However, in retaliation, it brought a devastating blow on Willow with Thunder Shock.
“WILLOW! Are you okay?” I shouted out in panic, the anxiety levels in me rising by the second. I couldn’t help feeling something was terribly wrong. Perhaps I was overreacting, maybe I was reasonable in my response. I wasn’t sure. I ran up to Willow, unsure of her condition.



“...Willow? Willow, girl, are you okay?”
"Willow..."




































A small movement from Willow’s wings after a few seconds immediately caught my attention.
“…Ngh… I… can finish this… Leave… me alone…” She whispered in undescribable pain. I picked her up and she struggled to escape my grip, but I didn’t let go.
“No the fuck you are not. Come here, let me heal you up. Branch, deal with that rat.” I commanded. Branch used Tackle on the Pikachu, knocking it clean out. Willow had only been with us for a short while, and yet I felt so much emotion seeing her tumble over like that. Thankfully, this was all part of battling. However, I intended to take every precaution necessary to ensure minimal suffering for my friends. By any means necessary. A metaphorical light bulb turned on in my head, and I dove into the Medicine compartment of my bag, grabbing out the Potion I’d picked up earlier on. I sprayed her wounds as best I could while she resisted, trying to calm her down. After I had done so, she pecked at my hand, shouting:
“I said I could handle it! I didn’t need our lord and saviour over here stepping in!”
“Oh shush, birdbrain, he was stopping you from getting seriously hurt. Open your eyes.”
“Guys, can’t we all just get-”
Branch attempted to play peacekeeper, but got viciously shut down.
“Shut up, this is between the idiot bird and I. Do not act as if you are competent enough to resolve this.”
“NO, WE CAN’T, YOU OBLIVIOUS FREAK!”
Upon hearing the word “freak”, Branch’s usually sturdy leaf on the top of his head drooped. No one, and I mean NO ONE, called Branch a freak, let alone rudely telling him to shut up. In fact, forget Branch, no one would be speaking to anyone like that on my team.
“ENOUGH!” I roared, sending a flock of Fletchling (the irony) fluttering away, and silencing the two squabbling children. I didn’t know how I would salvage anything positive from this, but I could sure as hell try. However, at the same time, Kevin, and especially Willow, needed a very big wake-up call. And I was going to give it to them before we left that cursed forest to meet Robyn and Shauna.
Well, this chapter really gave us an insight on the fluctuating group dynamics as this journey progresses forward. Willow really is a dick, isn't she? Honestly, I see great potential in Kevin though! I've never properly used a Vivillon, so I'm excited. Also yeah. Willow did in fact survive a critical hit Thunder Shock on 1 HP. Heart Attack 1: check. I'm expecting one or POSSIBLY two more chapters before Viola. All this aside, what do you think happens next? Will Finn go full ham on Kevin and Willow, or will he try to take a more sophisticated approach? Where does the already chaotic trio of Pokémon go from here? Find out soon! Chapter 3 may take a little longer than the usual, probably releasing by Tuesday or Wednesday next week. Hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the chapter!
Branch (Turtwig) (M) Lv. 8
Nature: Impish
Characteristic: Strong willed.
Ability: Overgrow
Moves: Tackle / Withdraw

Kevin (Scatterbug) (M) Lv. 7
Nature: Quirky
Characteristic: Loves to eat.
Ability: Compound Eyes
Moves: Tackle / Strong Shot / Stun Spore

Willow (Fletchling) (F) Lv. 7
Nature: Rash
Characteristic: A little quick tempered.
Ability: Big Pecks
Moves: Tackle / Growl / Quick Attack
 
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Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Postponing Chapter 3 till Thursday or Friday since I'm struggling to find the motivation to get started on it lol
 
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Pokédex No.
4911
Caught
Aug 16, 2021
Messages
15
Location
Spikemuth
Nature
Quirky
Pronouns
he/they
Pokémon Type
  1. Dark
  2. Ice
Pokédex Entry
A very awkward Pokémon, but very friendly with anyone who is able to gain its trust. It isn't afraid to stand up to bullies.
Hi all, some more bad news on the future of the Storylocke. First, the big question you might ask. Yes, I will be continuing to update, but I've decided to stop setting myself deadlines, as it just feels like a chore to be rolling out chapters all because I promised I would. The sole reason of doing any type of Nuzlocke is for fun, and I'm not getting that by forcing myself to play in order to meet deadlines, which defeats the purpose of doing it. Instead, I'll be going at my own pace from now on, but I will at least try to keep lengthy updates every fortnight if I can, as I don't want to completely slack off and update once a year or something lmao
That being said, Chapter 3 now has no set date, though I'd like to say it'll be done some time next week. Hope you all understand!
 

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