Written Story Teen UCL [UCL4] Norma's Conquest: a Normal-Types Only UCL

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Inky Rootz

No thoughts only flowers.
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Dex Entry This nuzlocker has a knack for randomizer, specially Type-Swaps. They also have a knack for biting.
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We know Norma and Brendan will be okey.. But still i hope Norma and Brendan will be okey.

Congrats on the badge and kickkng Archie's butt !
 

JavierE64

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Holly smoke, that was fast.

It's been like a week or so si9nce you started, and you already defeated Archie.
And I like Norma as a character, I wonder how the rest of her story is gonna be.

Not bad, I can't wait to see what lies ahead in future updates of this story.
 

Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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Well, that escalated quickly.

Norma's gone from being bored at home to stomping gym leaders to fighting terrorists atop an active volcano. That's quite some ride.

I'm sure she'll be fine, even if that platform did break.

I'm also glad to see that spinda go in the box, where it belongs. :P
 
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Hayfever

Hayfever

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Hay everyone, it's ya boy Guzma Hayfever~

We've been getting a bit anime recently with all the budding romance, dramatic scenery and cartoon violence. We've even had a hot springs episode, and I'm sure I mentioned a beach somewhere before... So it's time to finish off our anime bingo with some good old teenage angst. Wooo!

Why did I ever decide to try writing characters with feelings? Emotions are so difficult...

We know Norma and Brendan will be okey.. But still i hope Norma and Brendan will be okey.

Congrats on the badge and kickkng Archie's butt !
I get you. There's a big difference between knowing someone's okay and knowing someone's okay. Luckily, I am nowhere near ambitious enough to try to pull a mid-story protagonist swap. ...Or am I?
Holly smoke, that was fast.

It's been like a week or so si9nce you started, and you already defeated Archie.
And I like Norma as a character, I wonder how the rest of her story is gonna be.

Not bad, I can't wait to see what lies ahead in future updates of this story.
As the old saying goes, "An update a day keeps the critical hit hyper beam away!"

I'm glad you're liking the story and like Norma too!
Well, that escalated quickly.

Norma's gone from being bored at home to stomping gym leaders to fighting terrorists atop an active volcano. That's quite some ride.

I'm sure she'll be fine, even if that platform did break.

I'm also glad to see that spinda go in the box, where it belongs. :P
I was actually considering way back at the beginning of keeping her journey as "normal" as possible, including relegating Team Aqua completely into the background. But not having an epic showdown against terrorists atop an active volcano would make the story much less interesting, so I decided against it.

Hey now, Spinda's good for... um... ... Yeah, Spinda just belongs in the box, huh?







Goon: level 33 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 34 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 32 female Vigoroth. Bold nature, proud of its power. Vital Spirit. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 33 male Loudred. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 33 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naïve nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.

Day 56, 11:00 PM

Where to begin? My memory's all scrambled. I feel off the mountain. Or, maybe Tai carried me?

I'm in a cave, I guess? It's really dark, so I can't tell. At least my phone didn't break. There's a big hole above me, but I can't even see the sky. There just ash drifting down on me, like it was snowing.

My left arm hurts a lot, especially right below the elbow. I can move it though, so I don't think it's broken? My lower back and butt really hurt, too. But I'm alive! That's something.

I've crawled my way out of the ashfall. I've not been awake for very long, but I really want to sleep. Ugh, is it okay if I sleep? Or was that how people die when they hit their head? I don't think I hit my head, but I donno.

Sorry, I just can't stay awake...







Day 57, 10 AM

This cave was so scary in the dark, but it's really pretty in the day! There's many holes in the ceiling of the cave, and beams of sunlight are coming through. The ash is falling lightly, and it kind of sparkles in the sun beams. I've always thought of caves being brown or grey, but the stone here is cream colored and sparkly. It's sandstone, I think?

There are Zubats in this cave. Big surprise, I know. There are also these creepy things that like like a crescent moon, but with these huge scary eyes. They float around near the tall ceiling and avoid the beams of sunlight, but sometimes one of them makes a sound like evil laughter. Ew.

I'm sore all over, and my elbow still hurts and the skin looks purple. I can still move it, but I will try to not use my left hand if I can help it. Otherwise, I'm doing okay, I guess.

I lost my bag. It must have ripped open or something? There are some items scattered around where I landed, like this journal of mine, but I think most of my stuff must be above on the other side of the hole we fell through.

I have my Pokemon, at least. Tai really overexerted himself. He picked me up and carried me as far as he could, but I think he might have been hit by a rock or something, and that's why we fell. The whole team is pretty beat up after the fight with Team Aqua and Archie.

Archie... He's the leader of Team Aqua. His Pokemon were so powerful. We managed to beat three of his, but then he said we was going to show me the power of Mega Evolution. That's something Dr. Cozmo was talking about before Archie showed up and stole the meteorite. But whatever that is, I don't think that was his plan. All of the sudden, the machine behind him started making a bunch of noise. Archie ran over to the machine, but I couldn't chase him because he sent out a Crobat.

Archie said that with the power of the meteorite, he could make it go extinct... Like, make it so it could not erupt again, I think. He said that in time the crater would fill with rainwater, and create a new source of clean water for Pokémon to live in. He also said that doing it would empower the "super ancient Pokémon." I don't know, he sounded so crazy. He looked crazy too. His eyes were so wild.

Archie pressed some buttons on the machine, and the meteorite began to shine. Then everything began to shake. I tried to run back to land, and Brendan was there, running to me. Then the glass cracked and shattered. I don't know what happened to Archie, but he had that Crobat, so I bet he survived. Tai just barely managed to save me. I don't know what happened to Brendan.

I really hope he's okay... It hurts so much, thinking that he might No, I know he is fine! Brendan is really resourceful and smart, and he wasn't on the platform when it broke! I'm sure he is completely fine!

I can't bare to imagine anything else.







Day 57, 4:00 PM

I was afraid of the creepy moon Pokemon, but it was the bats that almost did me in. My body may hurt, but my legs are fine, so I have spent the day exploring this cave, looking for an exit. Maybe if Tai were healthy he could fly me at least to top and through one of the holes in the ceiling, but that wont work. I lost all of my medicine when I lost my bag. Anyway, I could hear the sound of running water, but the sound was coming from a dark tunnel in the cave where none of the light beams shined in.

The was a whole colony of Zubats living in there, and I disturbed the swarm while they were sleeping. Even injured, my Pokémon wouldn't have any trouble with some little Zubats, even dozens of them, but of course there were the parents as well. Golbats are pretty much the number one danger in caves, even moreso than Onix, carbon monoxide, or cave-ins. They can suck up to ten ounces of blood per second, which means if one gets its fang on you, you'll be dead in less than a minute. That why, even in an ill-used tunnel like the Fiery Path, Pokémon Rangers risk their lives to keep Golbat populations under control.

We were overwhelmed, and I really thought me might have been goners, when a savior arrived. A big pink bunny hero! This Wigglytuff showed up from no where and started blasting the Golbats with moonlight! He was truly risking his life to save us, since Fairy-types are really vulnerable to impurities in their bloodstream like poison. Thanks to his help, we were able to get out, and the Golbats didn't follow us into the light.

So now I've got a new friend! He really came in like a knight in shining pink armor, so I have decided to dub him Sir Puffington, knight of Hoenn!







Day 58, 12:30 PM

We're out! Oh my gosh, it feels so good to see the sun and the sky in full view! I have GPS again, and I was able to call for help! I've been instructed to stay where I am until a helicoptor comes to pick me up! I've never been in a helicopter before!

Aparently the place I fell into is called Meteor Falls, and it's part of the mountains to the west of Mt. Chimney. Tai must have actually carried me really far!







Day 59, 10:30 AM

It's really hard to write while lying down and with only one arm.

I'm in a hospital in Petalburg City of all places. I would have though the helicopter would have taken me to somewhere in Rustboro, which was much closer and a much bigger city with better hospitals funded by Devon Co, but whatever. It's not like it really matters. I am pretty fine, all things considered. The doctors said that it's miracle that I'm in as good of a condition as I am, but I know it's thanks to Tai and Sir Puffington, and the rest of my Pokémon. Still, I've got a fracture in my left arm, a mild concussion, and a billion different cuts and bruises. There were so many places I didn't realize I was hurt at until they started rubbing anti-septic all over it!

So basically, I'm doing okay but I will have to stay in the hospital for the next few days. The nurse told me I have to lay in bed all day today, but my legs are totally fine, and I'm already getting restless! Makes me wonder how I was able to spend so many years growing up being perfectly content to sit around the house. I can't even imagine doing that now. Everything on the TV is about the Mt. Chimney incident, and I just don't want to think about all that just now.

Oh yeah! The biggest and most important news! Brendan is safe!!! He was able to escape the rockslides by riding down the mountain on his acro bike! How crazy is that!? He can't come see me quite yet, unfortunately... But he should be coming by in a couple days! I can't wait!

Speaking of visitors, mom came rushing over when she found out what happened. She was sobbing, and kept switching between apologizing and admonishing me. It was a lot to take in, and with all the pain killers they've got me on, I just couldn't keep up! Thankfully, she really tired out, and the nurses found her a place to sleep, but I bet it's just gonna be more of the same when she wakes up. I don't really know how I feel about that. It's not like this changes anything between us. But it does make me a little happy that she was worried about me after all.

Guess who hasn't showed up yet? Dad. You know, the one who literally lives in the same city? Which is well and fine by me. Honestly. Not pissed about it at all. You just wait, dad. I'm here in Rustboro anyway, and your badge is the next on my list!

Okay, I wasn't able to get to the Norman fight this update, so some of the angst will have to wait. My writing pace has significantly slowed this week, and I blame all the people stuff going on in the story. Or maybe I'm finally burn out of the semi-daily updates. Might be more like once every other day now, but we'll see. I am overflowing with ideas for later in this story, and for the other games in this run, so I really don't want to lag around too much!

Sir Puffington was of course caught as a Jigglypuff on Route 115, not in Meteor Falls. Despite the levels of wild Pokemon on Route 115 being on par with the wilds in the surrounding area, you can't actually reach grass on the route without Surf, so technically Puffington has not yet joined the team, and certainly isn't a Wigglytuff yet.

Both Jigglypuff and Skitty require Moon Stones to evolve, and there's only one static Moon Stone to find. But, you can find them on Clefairy and Lunatone with a 5% chance, and an even lower chance via Pickup. So I taught Thief to Tai and had my 'Goons with Pickup hanging in the bleachers as Tai went about massacring the entire Lunatone population until I finally stole one! Then I decided not to evolve Kitty right away so she can learn Play Rough at level 40-something, so I guess I didn't need to do that yet. And so my Pokemon continue to be over-leveled...

Oh yeah, I also caught a Swablu, but he is completely irrelevant, since I can't evolve him. If I were playing Omega Ruby, I could have had a Zangoose, but no, sadly not.

Goon: level 35 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 36 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 34 female Vigoroth. Bold nature, proud of its power. Vital Spirit. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 35 male Loudred. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 35 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 20 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
 
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Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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It amuses me that you're apologising for not getting to the Norman fight, and for slowing down your update schedule, despite the story getting progressively better and more engrossing as it goes on. There's really nothing that warrants an apology, and I'm enjoying Norma's journey!

Sir Puffington is a fantastic addition, long may he continue to be Norma's hero, especially against Norman. It's a pity that you can't do much with swablu, but I guess it's a second flyer or something like that?
 
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Hayfever

Hayfever

Kanto League Champion
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Hay there, is it Hayfever? Sure is! I've nearly finished the actual gameplay, so I should probably get a move on with the main story, huh?

Testing out a slightly different format today. This chapter was really hard to finish, but it's done and I think it turned out alright.

It amuses me that you're apologising for not getting to the Norman fight, and for slowing down your update schedule, despite the story getting progressively better and more engrossing as it goes on. There's really nothing that warrants an apology, and I'm enjoying Norma's journey!
Ha ha, yeah I have a bad habit of apologizing for things. I'm really glad you are enjoying the show!

Goon: level 35 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 36 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 34 female Vigoroth. Bold nature, proud of its power. Vital Spirit. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 35 male Loudred. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 35 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 20 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.







Gab: Welcome back to another intense battle at the Petalburg gym! There's another young trainer here to challenge Norman, and what a special trainer she is!

Ty: You've got that right, Gab! Norma Mayfield made a big splash at the start of the summer, and she hasn't slowed down since! Not only did she conquer four gyms in less than a month, but last week she faced off alone against the leader of the terrible terrorist group Team Aqua who caused Mt. Chimney to become dormant for the first time in centuries, the long-term impacts of which are still unknown.

Gab: She is such a brave little girl! And not even a week after those frightening events she is back to taking on the Pokémon League Challenge for her fifth badge!

Ty: Norman is a specialist with Normal-type Pokémon, much like Norma herself. Even their first names are nearly identical! A match completely lacking in type advantages between similar opponents... We may be in for a long fight!

Gab: Here is the opening address. Norman is not one for words, so- Huh? Did Norman's mic cut out?

Ty: His tech is signaling to him, but he's still talking. He doesn't normally speak for this long. I wonder what he's saying to the challenger?

Gab: ... I'm being told to cut to commercial until the sound issue is resolved, so we will be back after these- Oh! They're starting the battle?

Ty: Things are off to an unusual start, but Norman's beginning the battle as normal for mid-level challengers with a Linoone. And look at that, Norma has sent out her own Linoone! ... Norman has decided to go with Belly Drum, firing up his Linoone for a sweep if Norma can't take it down- But there it goes! Norma's Linoone has made good use of the Rock Smash technique she showed us against Wattson, breaking the foe Linoone's focus and bringing out an early KO!

Gab: Quick thinking there by Norma! It seems Norman might be surprised as well. He is considering his next Pokémon carefully.

Ty: Norma has also decided to switch out her Linoone. It was doing so well, too! ... Both trainers have chosen their next Pokémon! And they are... both Vigoroth!

Gab: Once again the two have chosen identical Pokémon! And they are both going at it from the drop!

Ty: Vigoroth are notoriously challenging to rein in, and both trainers are opting for an aggressive assault! ... It looks like Norma's Vigoroth has the upper hand here. Norman has given out a new command! Rather than getting in one last hit, Norman has made his Vigoroth aggravate Norma's Pokémon with a Taunt!

Gab: It is a clear sign of Norman's ability to command his Pokémon that his Vigoroth unquestioningly changed tack even though it meant fainting! But why would he encourage his opponent to attack his already weaker Pokémon?

Ty: You'll see why in a minute, Gab.

Gab: Wow! Norma tried to return her wounded Vigoroth, but it refused to obey! You don't normally see this outside of a novice trainer trying to use too strong of a Pokémon!

Ty: There it is! With four badges, all of Norma's Pokémon should obey her without question, but the notoriously aggressive Vigoroth is too infuriated to respond to her now. Until it cools down, all that Pokémon can do is fight. And Norman is about to send out his ace!

Gab: That's one of Norman's prized Slakings, the evolved form of Vigoroth. This doesn't look good for Norma, does it?

Ty: No it doesn't. Most trainers would cut their losses her and focus on which Pokémon to send out next, but Norma is still ordering her Pokémon as best she can.

Gab: Ow! That was a heavy hit from Norman's Slaking! Vigoroth has been sent flying!

Ty: That was Norman's signature technique, Retaliate! Supposedly he trained his Pokémon in far-off Unova to learn this technique! Norma's Vigoroth is barely hanging on!

Gab: However, while Slaking is as strong as the mighty Salamence, it lacks the energy of it's earlier stage, and needs time to recharge between attacks. As you can see, this has given Norma the opportunity to heal her Pokémon. It seems that Vigoroth has gotten over the Taunt, too!

Ty: Vigoroth may be healed up, but its attacks don't seem to be doing much to Slaking's impressive bulk. And- Oof! Retaliate may be at it's strongest when used to get revenge on a fallen teammate, but Slaking still hits like a dragon! ... Norma's Vigoroth has been doing its best to chip away at Slaking's defenses, but I think we are nearing the end here.

Gab: Oh wow! You wouldn't think a Pokémon as lethargic as Slaking could pull off a feint attack, but it managed to goad Vigoroth into brutal southpaw swing! Is Vigoroth down? That was a really good effort, Vigoroth, but this looks to be the end! ...Wait, what's happening?

Ty: Vigoroth has been enveloped in a harsh light! This couldn't possibly be a Sky Attack, so it must be...

Gab & Ty: Evolution!

Gab: Viewers, Norma's Vigoroth has evolved mid-battle! This is now a Slaking vs Slaking match up!

Ty: Wow, you could feel the shockwave as these two powerful Pokémon crashed into each other! Both Slakings are badly injured at this point, but it is as if the fight has only just begun!

Gab: You might think the two Pokémon would be evenly matched here, but Norman's Slaking obviously has more experience! Can Norma's newly-evolved Pokémon possibly pull a win here?

Ty: Even if his Slaking wins here, Norma still has another Pokémon she can use for this battle. Usually Norman would have called the match by now. Norma has clearly proven her worthiness of the Balance badge, but for some reason he has decided to fight this one out to the end!

Gab: Another exchange of powerful strikes! But what's this? Could it be that Norma's Pokémon has gained the advantage?

Ty: You might be right! Both Pokémon are currently recoiling from their last bout, but Norman's has been knocked off balance! Can Norma's Slaking take advantage of this gap?

Gab: Both Pokémon are readying their next swings. This glacial pace, as if our own eyes were viewing it in slow motion: only a mirror match between Slakings can look like this!

Ty: And Norma's Slaking connects first! Norman's ace is down for the count! This battle is finally over!

Gab: Wow, impressive battle from the both of them! ... It looks like Norman's mic is still broken, so we can't hear what he's saying to Norma as he's giving her the badge, but they are surely heartfelt words of congratulation. This battle went a little overtime, so we will have to get to audience reactions after this short word from out sponsors!

Day 62, 3:00 PM

Two months since I came to Hoenn with mom.

So I beat dad and won his gym badge. You'd think I'd be elated. Maybe feel some kind of nostalgia, or pride? But all I feel is hollow.

He turned off his mic right before the battle. He told me he was surprised I had managed to win four badges, and said it was "impressive" I survived the events on Mt. Chimney. He then told me to prove my skills against him, and the fight was on without giving me a chance to get a word in.

Slaqueen evolved during the battle. That was really amazing! She really is a Slaqueen now. Still, it was a really tough battle. Dad might not have been using his strongest Pokémon, but he was giving it his all with what he was allowed to use.

Afterward, I finally had a chance to say something to him. Once upon a time I naively thought that maybe mom and dad could get back together, but it quickly became obvious that would never happen. It quickly became obvious that I did not want that to happen. I have always loved dad, but I don't think I have ever liked him, and I don't think he has ever like me. So I really had only one question I wanted an answer for.

"Why did you cheat on mom?" That's all I wanted to ask. If he didn't like us he could have just left mom and me. So why did he cheat? And with multiple women? There's no excuses for that, but I guess the part of me that still loves dad wanted to believe that he somehow had one. His responce was more insane and gross than I could have possibly imagined.

He said, and I quote word for word because they have been seared into my mind, "Because it is a man's duty to spread his seed. And as a man of impeccable genetics and talent, I could not possibly limit myself to one woman. So I have made it my mission to travel the world and seek out superior women to bear my superior progeny."

I want to puke just from writing those words down. I feel so sick, so... I don't know! How messed up is that? Where's the logic? I can't even wrap my head around it! And it wasn't even an answer to my question! ARGH, it make me mad!!!

It's like I've vomitted out my spirit and now my heart is just empty.

Screw you, dad.

Why didn't you just leave mom if you "could not possibly limit" yourself to her.

I wish I never knew you.







From the very inception of this run, I knew Norman was going to be a pretty awful person, but I wasn't sure how much so until now, I guess. Went through a couple drafts of this entry, which is a heck of a lot more effort than I normally put in.

In-game, I wanted to take on Norman with just Slaqueen since it felt thematic, and it went fine! Yawn is pretty effective against Slaking. Retaliate is a nasty move, but Slaqueen's Bold nature came in handy here. I had actually completely forgot when Vigoroth evolves into Slaking, so it was a very pleasant and thematic surprise for her to evolve after beating Norman.

Goon: level 37 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 37 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 36 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 37 male Loudred. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 37 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 35 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
 

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Well, that takes the whole "Norman has multiple children" joke into a whole new level.
This is such a well written chapter, it made me hate Norman way more than I already did. And that's impressive.
 

Black Viper

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In a story like this, Norman was always going to be the bad guy. He's already been shown to be an insensitive jerk, but this really seals it.

It's no wonder he doesn't care about Norma, she's effectively just a face in the crowd for him, one of many children, and he probably treats them all with the same level of contempt. It kind of makes me wonder about Wally now, and if he was visiting Norman for another reason... :P

This was a good chapter. You said you had to re-write parts of it, but the end product makes it more than worth the effort. Good going, Hayfever, let's just hope Norma can pull herself out of her funk!
 
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Hayfever

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Hay readers, Hayfever here~

There's been a lot of freezing rain in my neck of the woods, but in Hoenn the rain is much more tropical, but just as wet!

Well, that takes the whole "Norman has multiple children" joke into a whole new level.
This is such a well written chapter, it made me hate Norman way more than I already did. And that's impressive.
Wow, thanks for the praise! I encourage everyone to hate Norman more. Well, my Norman anyways. A pity he's already been beaten only halfway through the story...
In a story like this, Norman was always going to be the bad guy. He's already been shown to be an insensitive jerk, but this really seals it.

It's no wonder he doesn't care about Norma, she's effectively just a face in the crowd for him, one of many children, and he probably treats them all with the same level of contempt. It kind of makes me wonder about Wally now, and if he was visiting Norman for another reason... :P

This was a good chapter. You said you had to re-write parts of it, but the end product makes it more than worth the effort. Good going, Hayfever, let's just hope Norma can pull herself out of her funk!
Thank you so much! Norman's definitely not the best dad out there, and yeah, we've not seen much of Wally in this story, huh? I appear to be falling into an every-other-day release schedule, which is probably a good compromise between wanting to get through the story quickly, and wanting the story to be enjoyable to read.

Goon: level 37 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 37 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 36 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 37 male Loudred. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 37 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 35 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.



Day 63, 11:30 AM

Ugh, I don't want to get up. I don't know what to feel right now, and I'm worried that if I think about it too hard all I will be feeling is angry. I just don't get him at all. I want him out of my head, but he's just always there, with that gross grin of his.

The Tohjo Gym Leaders summits at the Indigo Plateau that he went to every year. The Unova World Leaders Tournament that he once participated in. The Galar World Cup, too. Our family vacation to Alola when I was five. Maybe even mom and dad's honeymoon to Kalos? Has dad really been traveling the world to have babies with different women? Behind mom's back all this time? Do I have siblings out there somewhere? Everywhere? I really don't want to know, and yet I can't help but be curious.

Not that it matters. I don't intend to ever see him again. Even if he dropped to his knees and begged me for forgiveness, I would shut the door in his face! Humpf!

Arrrgh I'm getting mad, just like I thought!

I really can't lay around like this. I need a morning shower. Well... it's after noon already. Oh well. If I don't get up and do something, I'm gonna just wallow in bed all day, and I can't do that! Even if it does sound really nice...








Day 63, 2:00 PM

Alright, bags are packed! I'm moving forward. It took me weeks to get to my feet and start my journey and I am not about to go through that misery again! So it's time to go after my next badge, which is the Feather badge in Fortree.

Originally I had intended to get there by taking Route 113 east from Fallarbor after Brendan and I went to meet Dr. Cozmo there, but now I'm in Petalburg, and the League is still discouraging foot travel in the vicinity of Mt. Chimney. Instead, I will cross Chikugo River east of Mauville, and head up Route 119, which isn't the most pleasant trip from what I've read, but I've been through worse. Anything is better than Fiery Path, even the jungle.

Before any of that though, I have to tread some familiar ground. The fastest way to Mauville will involve taking Route 102 and switching to 103 at Oldale. I might even pass by the spot where Brendan taught me how to catch and train Pokemon!

It'll be lonely not traveling with Brendan... He did visit me when I was in the hospital, but it wasn't for very long, and he kept apologizing for not protecting me on Mt. Chimney, even though I'm the one that ran ahead to fight Archie. Then he told me he was really busy doing work for his dad and ran off.

Seriously, he couldn't have convinced Mr. Birch to let him spend a little time with his friend whose in the hospital? Not that I need to be babied or anything. And I'm sure his dad's work is way more important than me.

Does he like his job more than he likes me? I mean, not like like! That would be ridiculous! Besides, there's no way someone like Brendan would like someone like me like that, right? Not that it matters to me what or who he likes!

Bleh. I should just be honest with myself... But I just cant right now...








Day 63, 8:00 PM

It's amazing how much faster I can travel by bus than by foot. Well, I can't exactly train my Pokemon in a moving vehicle. I'm already further down Route 113 than I even have, and pretty soon I'll be arriving at the next town where I'll be staying the night before I cross Petalburg Bay and then I'll hike the rest of the way to Mauville, I think. I'm getting a little carsick now.








Day 65, 5:00 PM

Hee hee, I got to spend the day with Ziggy, Linona, and the kits. The little babies are growing up so fast! It's only been about two weeks but they are so much bigger now, and have more defined fur patterns. I can hardly believe it! Well, they are Pokemon after all! Tai was also just a lil' guy two months ago.

Oh, I really want to stay longer, but I've got to keep moving. This is the only night I'm staying in Mauville.

Well, I guess I can leave a little later in the morning after the daycare opens up so I can say goodbye to them.








Day 68, 4:00 PM

I hate rain. I've managed to avoid traveling in heavy rain so far, but this is tropics after all. It's been raining all day. I came across a Ranger station, and they're lending me a spare room for tonight since it doesn't look like the rain will let up, but after that I've got a whole week ahead of me of trudging through mud and intermittent rain storms. I hate the wet monsoon season.

This cabin is pretty cozy, but there's not much space. I can't let all of my Pokemon out at the same time, and there's nothing else to do. Ugh, I'm bored!

I wonder where Brendan is now? I hope he's staying out of the rain.

Geez, I just can't stop thinking about him. I really do like that boy, huh?

Oh gosh, oh gosh, I really just said it! Or wrote it! Whatever! Eeeeeek! So embarrassing!

I like him! I like Brendan! I really do!

Oh geez, my heart flutters every time I write ittt! I feel like I could die! I feel like my heart is going to explode!

Ooh, now Kitty's noticed I'm all worked up and she's trying to comfort me. I'm sorry Kitty, but I'm fine! I'm better than fine! I feel so giddy all of the sudden. SO embarrassing!

Hee hee, Kitty's still pretty small, so I can hug her in one arm and still write. She's normally so soft and warm, but I feel like I'm burning up in comaras comparison. I wonder how would feel to hug Brendan? Is he really warm? Or colder than me? I've heard girls have softer skin than boys, but I don't really know if that's true. He's not any taller than me, but his hands definitely look bigger than mine, and his shoulders are broader, so I bet he could completely wrap me up in a hug...

Oh geez, stop thinking weird things, Norma! Stop it! Oh gosh, my face is so red!!








Day 72, 12:30 PM

The rain never ceases. It soaks my body and my spirit. I can't see more than 20 feet ahead of me, but it wouldn't help much if I could see further because the grass on each side of the muddy path grows taller than my head. I have to keep my diary wrapped in a trash bag to keep it dry because even my waterproof backpack has gotten soaked.

Whoever thought it was a good idea to found a gym in such a remote location? All I can do is keep walking forward.








Day 73, 5:00 PM

Shelter at last! Civilization! Somehow despite the incessant rain, I stumbled upon a weather station of all things. Aparently I went off the main road about two miles back without realizing it thanks to the storm. Because of how far away this station is from Fortree or any other settlement, they have accomodations for workers to stay overnight. One of the female employees even had a hairdryer for me to borrow, which is such a miracle! My hair is an absolute mess after days of nonstop rain and humidity!

The employees seemed pretty excited to have a visitor, but after getting clean and warm I'm just so tired all of the sudden, so I'm going to take a nap...








Day 73, 10:30 PM

Team Aqua is back! And they attacked this very weather station I'm in! Why are they always wherever I am!?

Ok, so I was sleeping in the employee bedroom in the back of the station, when I woke up hearing a commotion. This was at like, 8 PM? I hear people yelling from the second floor of the building. So I start sneaking around in my jammies, Goon at my side.

I found Team Aqua in the second floor. There were only three of them. Two of the pirates were watching the employees of the weather station, who they had rounded up into one room. They must have somehow missed me when the attacked. The third I recognised from the battle on Mt. Chimney. She's one of the leaders. She was standing by a computer and arguing with one of the employees.

I only caught a little of what they were saying. She said something like "The awakening of the super-ancient Pokémon will bring about extreme weather. If this happened all over the world, what would become of Pokémon, not to mention people?" Unfortunately, it was at that point that I was spotted, and as always, that meant getting into another fight.

Carvanha are fish Pokemon, so obviously they are at a disadvantage out of the water, but their rough scales can cut through any hide, so they are still pretty dangerous, and I only had Goon with me. This wasn't my first fight against Team Aqua and their water Pokemon, however, and Goon had a trick up his sleeves this time. With his special Pin Missile attack, Goon was able to fight Team Aqua's Carvanhas at range. The boss had Carvanha's evolution, Sharpedo, but she wasn't that tough. I wasn't prepared for a fight, but it didn't feel like they were prepared either.

After I beat them, they got out of there pretty fast. With only Goon with me, it's not like I could stop them from running away or anything. Besides, making sure everyone at the weather station was safe was more important. Their boss said something strange as she left though. "I still haven't figured out for myself what's wrong and what's right…"

Acording to the weather scientists, she demanded to see their records of weather patterns from thousands of years ago. Team Aqua never stops surprising me. Why would they care about something like that? How are the scientists even able to research what weather was like so long ago? They tried to explain it to me, but it all went over my head. Does it have to do with that super-ancient Pokemon that keeps getting brought up? The scientists didn't have any answers for me there, but aparently during the time period the Team Aqua lady was looking for, some kind of catastrophic storm took place in Hoenn. During that time, the climate across the whole world changed drastically. Habitats were destroyed and empires crumbled across the world and people believed it was the end of the world.

And then it just stopped, I guess. The storm that threatened to flood half the planet and dry up the rest ended abruptly, leaving the world forever changed. The water levels of the ocean has risen, and the land in many places dried up, creating deserts where there was once rainforests and praries. There are places where you can see the effects of that huge storm from so long ago even today, apparently.

What does all that have to do with Team Aqua? Does Archie want to create some terrible storm like that? That would only cause more climate change and damage to the environment. Isn't that the opposite of what Team Aqua wants? But I remember Archies eyes when we battled over the volcano. He didn't seem sane.

The Team Aqua lady seemed shocked by what she learned. And that last thing she said to me... Maybe not everyone on Team Aqua agrees with the direction Archie is leading them? I don't know...

I'm so tired. The employees here were really worried that Team Aqua might come back, and they can't leave while it's raining so badly. Since I just had a nap, I told them I could stay up and protect them if they came back, but I'm already struggling to stay awake. Why are all the adults here so defenseless? Does no one have any Pokemon?

Gab: North-Central Hoenn has been facing severe weather and flooding all week, but that hasn't stopped trainers from continuing their summer journeys across the region! This morning we are reporting on intermediate gym battles at the Fortree city gym! Isn't that right, Ty?

Ty: That's right, Gab! Fortree is truly a unique city, synergizing Hoenn's bountiful nature with humankind's ingenuity! The community's elevated tree-top structures protect the people from seasonal flooding, and state-of-the-art lightning rods make the city as impervious to lightning strikes a Rhyhorn's horn!

Gab: It truly is a beautiful city, even during this rainy season. And leader Winona's gym is no exception! Years in the making, this building's sloping walls are all-natural and alive, grown within the canopy of a great camphor tree. The wind snakes through this open-air gym, reminding the audience that the leader here is a Flying-type specialist, not Grass-type!

Ty: While the upper canopy of the great tree does serve as a sort of roof and outer bounds of the gym, there is still much more room for Winona's Flying Pokemon to reign supreme here! Well, assuming her challenger doesn't bring an Electric or Ice type, of course!

Gab: It looks like they are prepping for the first match of the day! And, oh! Winona's first challenger is the fan-favorite girl from Littleroot, Norma Mayfield!

Ty: It's taken her the better part of two weeks to make the challenging trek to Fortree, but that just means her Pokemon are going to be even stronger than ever before!

Gab: Norma sure gave us quite the show during her last gym challenge against Petalburg's Norman. But can her Normal types even reach Winona's birds?

Ty: Well if nothing else, she does have at least one Swellow on her team, but while there is an undeniable advantage to flight, the gym's crisscrossing branches and draping vines provide a means for agile Pokemon with a competent trainer leading them to get the jump on Flying-types. Norma's Whismur that she used to beat Roxanne way back at the beginning of her challenge two months ago has fully grown up by now into a powerful Exploud.

Gab: Unlike most Normal-types, the Whismur evolutionary line specializes in sonic attacks and other ranged techniques. I even taught my Exploud Thunderbolt, you know! She would have absolutely demolished Winona if she had been a gym leader back in the day!

Ty: I'm sure that's true Gab, but the biggest concern for Norma and other challengers who have already collected five or more badges is that at this level, Winona will be using an Altaria as her ace. The Humming Dragon is not just Hoenn's regional bird, but a fearsome and intelligent creature that has more in common with prehistoric Dragon-types than modern birds. The regular elemental counters to Flying-types are not going to be as effective against Altaria.

Gab: Wow, so Winona is not just a Flying-type specialist, but also a dragon tamer? That's incredibly impressive at any age, but she's still so young!

Ty: There's a reason she and other youths like Roxanne or Johto's Bugsy are gym leaders while most adults like you and me can never hope to. Some people are just built different, I guess.

Gab: I think it has more to do with communication, and having trust in one's Pokemon. After all, Pokemon are creatures of infinite potential!

Ty: Well, regardless of the reasons behind it, every gym leader is an exceptional trainer, and the challengers who can beat them are no less impressive!

Gab: I'll agree with you on that! It looks like preparations are nearly complete, so it is time to cut to commercials. Stay tuned for an intense match between Norma the Normal-type prodigy and Winona, the bird user taking flight into the world!



Whew! This was my longest chapter yet! My outline for this entry was originally much shorter, but as I got to writing it it quickly grew much longer, and I actually decided to split it into two chapters. The first one was supposed to be released yesterday, but when I finished it, it just felt lacking to me. Sure, I enjoyed writing Norma's chaotic roller-coaster of emotions, and I bet it will be fun to read, but it didn't cover anything that hasn't already happened in other chapters. So, I decided to not post it, and combine it with the next chapter, and so entry 12 turned into 12 and 13, and then back into just Entry 12.

Sea Mauville is gated behind defeating Groudon/Kyogre in ORAS, so unfortunately I couldn't get the Thunderbolt TM to make this gym battle even easier, but with my Pokémon still over-leveled, it wasn't exactly a difficult fight. Murmur evolving into Exploud was a big deal too. Not only did that make him my strongest Pokemon after Slaqueen, but in ORAS Exploud can learn Boomburst very early via Move Reminder. Boomburst, if you are not familiar, is 140 BP, 100% Acc, and has absolutely zero downsides beyond the usual resistances to Normal-type moves. It is a hilariously good move that puts Hyper Beam to shame.

At this point in the game, there's not really anything more for me to catch. I nabbed a Kekleon on Route 118, picked up the free Castform on Route 119 but didn't bother getting a catch, and then I caught another Kecleon on Route 120 because it was a special shaking grass one, and I was hoping it might have the ability Protean. She didn't, sadly.

Goon: level 40 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 41 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 40 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 41 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 41 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 40 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
 
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That was a heck of a chapter, you've covered a lot of ground (almost as much as Norma's trekked!) and I'm looking forwards to seeing how she approaches this gym battle. Even with an exploud's sonic attacks, there's a clear disadvantage that the games seem to just ignore. In fairness, it's the same omission that allows me to use a golem to fight a tentacruel in the middle of the ocean.

It's a bit of a sad point when you either can't or don't want to catch anything more in a run. I usually find that happens around the sixth gym, too, where I've got an established team that's not going to change unless there's a death and so I start skipping potential catches. I'm sure both of those kecleon will make excellent friends for your spinda!

I'm pleased Norma's finally admitted to herself how she feels about Brendan, but I hope the boy's not avoiding her and only claiming to be busy working for his father. The poor girl needs her happy ending!
 
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Hayfever

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Hay there, Hayfever's got another update for you!

That was a heck of a chapter, you've covered a lot of ground (almost as much as Norma's trekked!) and I'm looking forwards to seeing how she approaches this gym battle. Even with an exploud's sonic attacks, there's a clear disadvantage that the games seem to just ignore. In fairness, it's the same omission that allows me to use a golem to fight a tentacruel in the middle of the ocean.

It's a bit of a sad point when you either can't or don't want to catch anything more in a run. I usually find that happens around the sixth gym, too, where I've got an established team that's not going to change unless there's a death and so I start skipping potential catches. I'm sure both of those kecleon will make excellent friends for your spinda!

I'm pleased Norma's finally admitted to herself how she feels about Brendan, but I hope the boy's not avoiding her and only claiming to be busy working for his father. The poor girl needs her happy ending!
The plot is chugging along, and that means a lot of the little things that mattered much more in the beginning must give way to terrorist-punching.

I have a couple more catches coming up, but they're only going to be relevant if things go very very south!

Goon: level 40 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 41 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 40 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 41 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 41 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 40 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 28 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.



Day 75, 11:00 AM

Guess what, Brendan came to Fortree! Apparently, he saw my match against Winona and he had to come see me. Well, he came to challenge Winona mainly, but he also came to see me, and that's the important part! It was really great to see him again. I know it's only been a little over a week since he visited me in the hospital in Petalburg, but it felt like a lot longer to me.

I'm in the Fortree city gym bleachers right now, waiting for his match to start. I've had a few friendly battles with Brendan, and we've fought off lots of wild Pokemon in our travels, but I think this will be the first time I will be able to properly see his battle style. He says he's not very serious about raising his Pokemon for battle, but he's still a really good trainer. Besides, if he's not interested in battling, then why is he challenging gym leaders?

After his match, Brendan and I are going to be doing some traveling together, too! My next destination is Lilycove city, and Brendan wants to visit the Mt. Pyre Safari Zone, which is on the way, so we get to spend at least another couple days on the road together!








Day 75, 9:30 PM

So, Brendan's battle against Winona did not go well. Yeah... Who would have guess that a team of mostly Bug-types and Fighting-types wouldn't fare well against the Fly-type gym? His Beautifly got hurt bad, like really bad. It probably wont ever be able to battle again. And the rest of his Pokemon got pretty beat up too.

I suggested we cancel our plans, but he insisted that he wanted to continue. He's acting like he's not shook up, but I can tell he's really ashamed of the loss. As for me, I am finding it a lot harder to talk to him ever since, well, I came to terms with how I feel about him. Yeah. Needless to say, our hike today was pretty awkward.

I don't know what to do. I want to cheer him up, but I just don't know how. I could try giving him some pointers for next time, but I don't think that's what he wants to hear right now. I tried to explain to him that losing to occasional battle is how things go for trainers, and the gym leaders are supposed to be really hard to beat, but he reminded me that I've never lost a battle. That is true, isn't it? My Pokemon have always pulled through, no matter what. I've never even lost a casual match against random trainers on the road. Meanwhile, I guess Brendan has been having a harder time with the gym battles than I'd thought.

Oh, I don't know what to do!








Day 76, 9:00 PM

Today was a lot better. Like, waaay better than yesterday! Brendan cheered up a bit after some rest, and and scenery on Route 120 is just so gorgeous! We haven't even reached the Mt. Pyre Regional Park yet, but the nature here is still mostly untouched, other than small rice farming villages along the river. We came across this big lake with crystal-clear water. It was so pretty, and Brendan had the idea of surfing across it on his Wailmer! Apparently he taught it how to let him ride it, which sounds really impressive.

I think he overestimated how much space there was on Wailmer, though. I sat in front of Brendan, but because there wasn't any room, I was basically sitting on his lap! I could feel the warmth of his chest against my back. I wonder if his heart was racing like mine was? Honestly, my heart was beating so fast I couldn't tell. I couldn't think of much at all, actually!

The lake was so serene and beautiful, and Brendan was so close to me, and oh, it was just the best! I wonder if this was what it's like to go on a date. Or, was it actually a date? Taking a boat across a lake is a pretty standard kind of date, right? Oh, I don't know!

Hee hee, I'm lying down on my sleeping bag while I'm writing this, and I guess I was kicking my feet while I remembered what happened today, and Brendan noticed and called out from his tent asking if I was okay. He cares so much! Hah, little does he know that right now I am calling him a lil' cutie in my diary right now!






This page was originally torn from Norma's diary and left as a note on a bench outside of the Mt. Pyre Regional Park's Safari Zone entrance. The original note survived and has been attached in its rightful place.

Hey Brendan, it's Norma. I'm sorry I wasn't able to wait for you, but I spotted some members of Team Aqua. It appears they're up to no good on Mt. Pyre. What if they try to cause a disaster like on Mt. Chimney? I have gone after them. I hope you find this soon and can hurry over to help! Again, I'm really really sorry for leaving you behind here, but time might be of the essence. I'll make it up to you, I promise!

~Norma

Laura: ...One last question before we let you go, captain. Some experts have voiced concerns about exploring the deep sea cavern at this time. They say that the recent tectonic activity caused by Team Aqua's dangerous interference on Mt. Chimney may have made these already previously undocumented caverns much too dangerous to explore. Is it your intention, Captain Stern, to follow through with the planned exploration, despite these risks?

Stern: Yes, indeed. And that is why we intend to move ahead with our expedition. We cannot fully understand the ramifications of what those terrorists did if we do not even understand the vast geography under our very shores. Some unknown seismic reaction occurred within the deep sea cavern when Team Aqua used that meteorite to force Mt. Chimney into extinction, and it is the mission of Submarine Explorer One and her crew to get to the bottom of this strange anomaly.

Laura: Thank you, captain. That was Captain Stern, speaking to us in front of the Slateport Harbor, where soon-

???: *Static screeching*

Laura: Ow, my ears!

???: Ahhh… Ahhh… Testing, testing. One, two, three... OK. I hope you're listening out there… Captain Stern!

Stern: Do you hear that voice? It's like someone is using a megaphone... But where is it coming from?

???: We of Team Aqua will now be assuming control of your lovely submarine! Your objections are meaningless! We expect your total cooperation! You'll contribute to our great plan of returning everything to the beginning… I hope you appreciate this great honor! Wah… hahahah! Bwahahahahahahahah!

Laura: Could it be? Has Team Aqua infiltrated the harbor? ... Wait, now something's coming from the sky? Oh my! It's a Yanmega! But who are those two children riding it? Wait, is that-

Stern: It's you! Miss Norma! Please, you have to help!

Norma: That was Archie on the megaphone! Where did it come from?

Stern: It came from the Harbor! Our submarine! They're trying to take it! Young lady! I'm sorry, but please come with me!

Norma: You got it! Sir Puffington, you take the lead! Be ready for anything! Brendan, protect Mr. Stern!

Brendan: Y-Yes! You can count on me, Norma!

Laura: Wha- We have to go after them! Make sure sure you catch everything, Cameron!

???: Impossible! You actually followed us all the way from Mt. Pyre? Grah-hah! You got me! I bow to your persistence and love of justice! Bwaha!

Laura: Is that... The leader of Team Aqua? Archie?

Norma: I wont let you escape this time, Archie!

Archie: Bwahahahahah! It's a pity, so it is, but we're well past the time when you and your best efforts could turn the tide!

Archie: Our plans to return everything to the beginning…They're as good as complete! But I know you gotta do what you gotta do, scamp. I'm not gonna tell ya to quit chasing us… Follow us all the way to the Seafloor Cavern where that great Pokémon is sleeping, I'd that's what your honor demands! Now then... Shelly?

Norma: I wont let you run! Puffington, use-

Stern: Wait! Don't damage the submarine!

Shelly: I wont let you harm our leader! You guys! Keep that spoiled brat busy until the submarine takes off!

Norma: Shelly! Don't do this! You know Archie's plans are insane. You've seen the data at the weather station. Stop this before it's too late!

Shelly: S-shut your mouth! To Archie… me… and all of Team Aqua, your existence is annoying!

Archie: Shelly... What's this about the weather station?

Shelly: I-It's nothing! That brat is just trying to confuse me. Let's go, Archie…

Archie: Got it. We'll see you there, then, my little scamp adversary! Grahahaha! Bwahahahahahahah!

Norma: No! He's getting away!

Brendan: Are these Team Aqua goons really so dedicated to that man's vision that they'll keep stalling us even as they get left behind!?

Stern: Those criminals... What are they planning to do with my Submarine Explorer One?

Norma: Brendan! We have to chase after them!

Brendan: Huh, are you serious!? But Yanmega pushed himself just to carry the two of us here... There's no way he could chase after that submarine, even if we knew where it was going!

Norma: But we have to stop him! Mr. Stern, you know where they're going, right?

Stern: The underwater cavern on Route 128... Yes, that must be where he is going!

Norma: Perfect! Put the destination on my map. I'll get your submarine back!

Stern: But even if you know where to go, there's no way a normal human would be able to catch that sub. I can supply you with scuba gear, but the cavern is far too deep for a human diver. Although it would be a different story if you could teach a Pokémon to swim underwater...

Brendan: Norma, here...

Norma: A Poke Ball?

Brendan: It's my Wailmer. He can dive underwater.

Norma: That's great! But why are you giving him to me?

Brendan: W-we could barely fit on him together when riding on calm water. There's no way he can carry us both to this underwater cavern...

Norma: I-I see. So you can't come with me...

Brendan: I'm sorry I'm so useless Norma!

Norma: What are you talking about? Brendan! It's because of you that I even have the strength to fight Archie! I wouldn't be here if I'd never met you!

Brendan: ...

Norma: ...

Brendan: ...Okay. Be careful out there, Norma. I believe in you!

Norma: Thank you, Brendan. I'll be back before you know it!

Stern: Um... Sorry to intrude, but you still don't have a way to catch up with Submarine Explorer One!

Norma: Don't worry, I know just the guy!

Brendan: And she's off...

Laura: But will such a young girl really be okay by herself?

Brendan: Don't worry! Norma's a super strong trainer. She's the best around!



Here comes the plot! We're skipping the Aqua Base, which is a bit unfortunate, since ORAS did a lot to add personality to the base. There's a cot for every grunt, and they all have their own unique smell, which is... a thing. We're also skipping Lilycove and Mossdeep, including the Psychic gym, at least for now. The plot is sprinkled across quite a bit of ground, or rather sea, and it is terribly immersion-breaking. So for the sake of plot, and to not drag the story on for too long, we're going action-packed for the time being!

Caught Dudu the Doduo in the Safari Zone. I do love Dodrio, but hopefully I won't need her.

Goon: level 44 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 44 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 43 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 44 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 44 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 43 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 42 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
Dudu: level 29 female Doduo. Timid nature, good endurance. Run Away. Met in Safari Zone.
 
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Well that escalated quickly.
 

Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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I like this.

The in-game pacing makes sense because you need time to heal up and, after just fighting Archie and his goons, you can't just fight them all again or it's even more immersion breaking, but for a story, it seems weirder to go back to facing gym leaders while this plot remains unresolved. Especially as the proper authorities aren't doing anything about it, so it's clearly up to the player. Moving it together/skipping over some segments makes a lot more sense.

Poor Brendan, though. The guy's feeling all kinds of useless, just because he happens to be friends with a prodigy. Well. Friends for now. Things might be changing soon. Maybe.
 
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Hayfever

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Hay readers, Hayfever here with a special announcement!

We are getting pretty close to the end of Alpha Sapphire. I'm hoping to have it all wrapped up by next Friday, in fact! In preparation for that eventuality I have added a poll to the top of the thread! I have provided four options:
  • Soul Silver: a classic reborn into yet another classic! Johto is chock full of Normal types, and while most of them would be repeating in future games, I will not be short for options.
  • Pearl: another Gen IV game, and much the opposite of Johto. The game is much longer, and with far fewer options available, which combines with some tricky leaders to make much more of a challenge than Alpha Sapphire has been. Might decide to play Shining Pearl instead, but it is such a faithful remake that there's essentially no difference to the old Pearl other than mechanics updates.
  • White: a somewhat shorter game with an even shorter list of available catches. Every loss will hurt in this unusually brutal game.
  • X: I have the least experience with this game compared to the above one. It might be fitting however to follow one Gen VI game with the other. Kalos has a dizzying variety of Pokémon available.
I'd be pretty happy to play any of these games next, so if you want to see one in particular, I eagerly urge you to vote! Polls are fun! Maybe?

Secondly, it is my intention to have two or so bonus rules for each game to give each of them a bit more personality. And while ultimately I will be the final judge on what rules to add, I would love to get your input on what kind of rules you'd like to see, and even for what specific game. They could be as simple as using the Nuzlocke+ rules for the game, or unusual things like only use natural medicine or a refusal to use bird Pokemon.

Anyway, on to the next chapter!



Well that escalated quickly.
Ha ha, which part? I only plan on spending about a month on each game, and so both the updates and the plot must race forward!
I like this.

The in-game pacing makes sense because you need time to heal up and, after just fighting Archie and his goons, you can't just fight them all again or it's even more immersion breaking, but for a story, it seems weirder to go back to facing gym leaders while this plot remains unresolved. Especially as the proper authorities aren't doing anything about it, so it's clearly up to the player. Moving it together/skipping over some segments makes a lot more sense.

Poor Brendan, though. The guy's feeling all kinds of useless, just because he happens to be friends with a prodigy. Well. Friends for now. Things might be changing soon. Maybe.
The authorities never seem to do much in Pokemon, huh? Good thing every generation seems to have a child prodigy or two! On that subject, it's pretty tough being a Pokemon protag's rival, especially when you're a really nice one like Brendan. He wants to stand as equals with Norma, and whether he realizes it yet or not, he really wants to impress her. It's hard to do that when his friend is an unstoppable force of nature.

Goon: level 44 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 44 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 43 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 44 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 44 female Skitty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 43 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 42 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
Dudu: level 29 female Doduo. Timid nature, good endurance. Run Away. Met in Safari Zone.



Day 77, 1:00 PM

Yesterday morning I thought Brendan and I were going to spend the day playing in the Safari Park, and now I'm chasing after a stolen submarine to stop a maniacal pirate from doing... something involving a super-ancient Pokémon sleeping deep underwater. Good gosh, what is going on with my life?

Brendan lent me his Wailmer and Mr. Stern gave me some scuba gear so I can dive deep underwater, and in order to get to the undersea cavern, Mr. Briney agreed to give me a ride. It turns out his boat can go even faster than I thought!

I did my best to act cool and confident in front of Brendan, but honestly I'm pretty nervous. I have no idea what I'm up against. I sure hope I don't have to battle underwater. That sounds really scary!

It's fine! My Pokémon are super tough. Tough enough to take on Archie again, and any super-ancient or whatever Pokémon he's got!

Mr. Briney just told me we are approaching the coordinates Mr. Stern gave me. I asked him why he agreed to take me there so easily, considering I don't have a way to repay him. He told me the same thing he said when he first brought me to Dewford and Slateport. "When somebody needs something important to go someplace, they call Mr. Briney."

I told him he made it sound as if I was important or something. He laughed at that, and said that I was important to a lot more people than I realized. I didn't really know how to respond to that. I mean, of course I'm important to mom and Brendan. At least, I hope so! Maybe Mr. Birch, too? It's not like I really know anybody else in Hoenn.

Whatever. I'll have plenty of time to overthink what he said after I stop Archie. It's time. Normally I get a little sick when I try writing while on a moving vehicle, but I feel just fine this time.

I'm ready. We're ready. Team Aqua has nothing on us!







Day 77, 1:30 PM

Archie is dead, and the super-ancient Pokemon, Kyogre, has been released. Heavy rain is falling across most of Hoenn, and there's a strange pressure in the air. It's not hard to think that this is the apocalypse. It all happened so fast. My head feels all jumbled, and the last half-hour is confusing. Hopefully writing it down will organize things in my brain.

I dived underwater on Brendan's Wailmer. I found the entrance to the seafloor cavern Mr. Stern told me about, and inside was the missing submarine. It's amazing how there can be a cave underwater with air and everything. I guess it's like in that one pirate movie. How fitting. There was no one in the submarine, but deep inside the cave I found Archie and Shelly, as well as a monstrous Pokémon I had never seen before. Acording to Archie, it's called Kyogre.

Archie told me that he was impressed that I had managed to follow him, and he called me his "little adversary." And then he introduced me to Kyogre, the super-ancient Pokemon that has rested for thousands of years in the azure sea. He then went on one of his monologues about how humankind has desecrated the oceans and disregarded both Pokemon and nature in its gluttonous desire for consumption. He said we lived in a broken world, a polluted world. And that humanity was the pollution.

Archie planned to use the super-ancient Pokemon, to use Kyogre, to return the Earth to a primordial state. He wanted to bring the planet back to the point where life began. A world of violent storms and rising oceans. A world of chaos where man and Pokemon alike did not exist, and everything could start all over again.

I had expected his plan to be something insane like that, but Shelly was shocked. I guess even after reading the files at the weather station, she still believed that Archie wanted to make some sort of paradise. She really did believe him. Archie then took out the Blue Orb he had stolen from the shrine atop Mt. Pyre. The mystical stone that would supposedly awaken the sleeping primordial Pokemen behind him. It shone with an azure light, and the air became chilly.

It was time to fight. I had beaten him in a battle before, and my Pokemon had only become stronger since then. I was certain in my victory. But Archie had a trump card. Goon defeated his Mightyena again with ease, and while Archie had escaped on his Crobat back on Mt. Chimney, this time Murmur took it out. He sent out his Sharpedo, and revealed another glowing stone.

Mega Evolution. I still don't understand what it is, but the stone in Archie's anchor necklace caused the Sharpedo to undergo a transformation into what he called Mega Sharpedo. Sharpedo's snout extended, and sharp blades protruded from it. Glowing yellow lines appeared across its body, and it's normally rough jagged scales became more streamlined.

I sent out Sir Puffington. One of his Dazzling Gleams can usually take out a Dark-type like Sharpedo, but the mega-evolved Pokemon withstood it, and chomped down on Sir Puffington, who recoiled from the attack. It appeared that it's transformation had also given its fangs venom like Seviper's, which is super-effective to a Fairy-type like Sir Puffington.

The battle was under control tough. I brought Sir Puffington back and sent in Slaqueen. Mega-evolved or whatever, Archie's Sharpedo couldn't withstand her impressive power. He only had one more Pokemon with him, a Muk, but that was no issue for Slaqueen either. I had beaten Archie once again, but of course he wouldn't give up just like that.

Archie raised up the Blue Orb and shouted "Now! AWAKEN, KYOGRE! RETURN EVERYTHING TO THE WAY IT WAS!!" With a bright blue pulse the Blue Orb emitted some kind of force which knocked me and Shelly from our feet. In the waters behind Archie, the monstrous shape began to shift.

Shelly begged him to stop. Team Aqua on the surface apparently radioed to her that it had begun to rain heavily all of the sudden. But all he did was say that the "Great Deluge" had begun, and then he laughed maniacally.

With a shrill howl, the super-ancient Pokemon emerged, its enourmous toothy maw stretching open in scream, or maybe a yawn? It loomed over Archie and the Blue Orb that had awoken it.

These were Archie's last words: "AT LAST! I've finally done it!!! It hasn't even finished reversion, and it still has this much power!!! With this I can return everything to its natural beginning! It's time at last!"

And then Kyogre chomped down on him. I've seen lots of Pokemon get injured during my journey, some of them really badly, so I've seen blood before, but not like that. I watched someone die. And it wasn't quick, or clean, or anything. Archie was screaming as he was being torn apart by the monster that he unleashed.

Shelly screamed too. She charged at Kyogre, as if there was some way she could save Archie from it, but it just slapped her aside with a flipper and she crashed into the cave wall. I couldn't pull my eyes from the gruesome scene. It's still there, in my vision. The blood. The screams.

And then it stopped. Archie was dead, and Kyogre swallowed his body. All I could do was sit there, as still as possible, praying that it wouldn't come for me too. It stared directly at me, its huge eyes pierced me, and then it just shuffled off back into the water. The was a huge splash, and then it was gone, leaving behind me, Shelly, and blood and... parts of Archie.

The first thing I did when I finally came to my senses was throw up. The scent of brine had become overwhelmed by the stench of the slaughter that had just occured. I made sure my Pokemon were all okay, and then I checked up on Shelly, doing my best not to look at the gory scene by the water. Shelly was injured but alive. I helped her walk back to the submarine, and we returned to the surface. To the Deluge.

Bless Mr. Briney, he stayed there in the storm, risking himself to wait for my return. We're heading to the nearest city, Sootopolis. I don't know what we're gonna do now, but getting back to civilization, and some dry clothes, is a start.







Day 77, 4:00

The adults are still talking, but it's looking like I will have fight Kyogre if we're going to have any hope of ending the Deluge. The laws of physics say that "matter cannot be created or destroyed," but I guess Kyogre hasn't read a science book. No one knows where all the rain is coming from, but if it keeps going, the whole world is going to change, and probably for the worse. Could Archie's dream of returning the Earth to the beginning actually come true if we don't stop Kyogre?

I don't want to fight that thing. It terrifies me. It's ridiculous that these adults are forcing this on me, but they say there's no choice. Kyogre has retreated into yet another underwater cavern below Sootopolis called the Cave of Origins. The local Shinto priests forbid anyone other than a "pure maiden" to enter the cave. I don't get why they care about superstitions like that right now, but the head priest refuses to budge there, and the gym leader of Sootopolis agrees with him. Apart from them, there's Mr. Briney, Maxie, the leader of Team Magma, and Shelly and I. I guess Shelly isn't a "maiden" anymore, so the only ones the priest will allow in are me and the two shrine maidens, but they're as young as me and not Pokemon trainers.

There's also the little matter of actually surviving another encounter with Kyogre. Kyogre's power has only grown in the past couple hours, and they're saying there's a huge pressure center within the depths of the cave, which is how we even know for sure that's where Kyogre's gone.

On one hand there's the Red Orb that the priest on Mt. Pyre entrusted to me when I went to get the Blue Orb back. It's said that the two orbs have to remain near each other, and each can temper the other's power. So basically, things would be even worse if I didn't have this rock with me, and the only way to have even a hope of defeating it is if I hold on to this thing. Heck, Shelly and I probably would have been crushed when Kyogre awakened if I didn't happen to have it on me. Anyone could hold it, of course, but again the priest insists that I'm "destined" since the priest on Mt. Pyre gave the orb to me.

On the other hand, Team Aqua developed a specialized diving suit using stolen Devon Co. technology. Shelly called it the Aqua Suit, and it was designed specifically for her so she could assist Archie in controlling Kyogre if it came to it. Fat lot of good it did them in the end, but it might help here. But once again, the fingers point to me, because Shelly's too injured to have any hope of lasting against Kyogre, and none of the men could possibly fit into the suit. It's a bit big on me, but it should work.

So that's the situation. It's all on me again. I wish Brendan were here. I wish I could at least speak to him, but the storm is ruining all satellite communications, so my PokeNav is pretty useless.

Well, if I'm going to die, I'd rather just get on with it. It's embarrassing listening to the adults going on pretending like they're not just going to force me to do it anyway.

I'm going to leave the diary with Shelly. I'd hate it if it got lost or destroyed. I've actually really enjoyed writing in this thing. I guess mom did something right for once.

I really like you, Brendan. I hope I'll have a chance to say it to you directly...



Alright, the intense battle against Primal Kyogre is coming up! Archie's Sharpedo really surprised me with Poison Fang. It didn't hit Puffington super hard, but it got him low enough that a crit or maybe a poison proc on the next could kill, and Speed Boost ensured that Sharpedo would go again before Puffington. Probably the first time in this game where someone was actually in pretty serious danger other than a few battles with random Fighting-types and the very first grinding on Route 101/103 with baby Ziggy and Goon, when every battle was one of life or death.

Don't forget to vote on the poll for the next game! And let me know if there's some special rules you'd really like to see!

Goon: level 47 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 47 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 47 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 47 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 46 female Delcatty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 47 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 42 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
Dudu: level 29 female Doduo. Timid nature, good endurance. Run Away. Met in Safari Zone.
 

Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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Well. That's what you get for summoning world-ending ancient pokémon and trying to make them do your bidding. Geez. Archie should have known better, but at least Shelly's got a bit of sense.

Poor Norma. She sees the inevitability of it all, how she's the only possible option and it's bewildering that in a region with gym leaders and a league, they're still pinning everything to a prodigious kid. Sure, the priests are enforcing the "pure maiden" part, but at a time like this, you would think that anything goes. They've also clearly not read Norma's diary. Girl's thoughts are most definitely not pure.

As for your poll, I voted Soul Silver. I think ornithophobia could be a fun bonus rule, although Johto doesn't immediately conjure many other normal/x pokémon in my mind. Removing the flying sub-type might be better for a later game when there's more type diversity available.

How about a character that got arrested stealing from a PokéMart and is now not allowed to return to the chain? You're fine to use any items you find, the underground, the MooMoo Milk farm, that one in Mahogany... just not the standard mart. Plus you've got the berry pots to keep you in stock of healing items.
 
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Hayfever

Hayfever

Kanto League Champion
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Caught
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Messages
147
Location
In your box
Nature
Lax
Hay there, Hayfever here~

Well. That's what you get for summoning world-ending ancient pokémon and trying to make them do your bidding. Geez. Archie should have known better, but at least Shelly's got a bit of sense.

Poor Norma. She sees the inevitability of it all, how she's the only possible option and it's bewildering that in a region with gym leaders and a league, they're still pinning everything to a prodigious kid. Sure, the priests are enforcing the "pure maiden" part, but at a time like this, you would think that anything goes. They've also clearly not read Norma's diary. Girl's thoughts are most definitely not pure.
I like Archie as a character in the games, and were this a proper written run and not part of a series I'm trying to punch out quickly, I would have loved to have done way more with Archie, and everyone else too. Heck, Steven has yet to even appear! Still, Archie got what was coming to him, and I got an opportunity to traumatize my protagonist, so all's good!
As for your poll, I voted Soul Silver. I think ornithophobia could be a fun bonus rule, although Johto doesn't immediately conjure many other normal/x pokémon in my mind. Removing the flying sub-type might be better for a later game when there's more type diversity available.

How about a character that got arrested stealing from a PokéMart and is now not allowed to return to the chain? You're fine to use any items you find, the underground, the MooMoo Milk farm, that one in Mahogany... just not the standard mart. Plus you've got the berry pots to keep you in stock of healing items.
Johto's Girafarig was in fact the first dual-type Normal that was not Normal/Flying, but yeah, while an ornithophobic protag sounds fun, that's one I'll probably be saving for X or something, since while SS has a huge number of options, like a third of them are birds, so it would be restricting me a heck of a lot. I like the no Poke Marts idea! Mom also occasionally buys stuff with your money in that game. I'll keep that in mind.

Goon: level 47 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 47 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 47 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 47 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 46 female Delcatty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 47 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 42 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 25 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
Dudu: level 29 female Doduo. Timid nature, good endurance. Run Away. Met in Safari Zone.



???: [radio static]

Shelly: Base to Aqua One, come in!

???: [radio static]

Shelly: Base to Aqua One, can you hear me?

Wallace: No luck?

Maxie: It has been fifty-seven minutes since we lost contact with the girl. No word since.

Wallace: So an hour has passed already? Things are looking grim, then.

Shelly: Dammit! I should have been the one to go...

Maxie: Nonsense Shelly! You have four broken ribs. Your internal organs would have been punctured by the pressure squeezing into your broken bones before you even reached that beast!

Shelly: I- I know that! I just... I can't stand sitting still like this. And... I don't want anyone else to die for... Archie's mistakes.

Maxie: Hmph. Well I agree with you there. How does it look outside, gym leader?

Wallace: The waves are changing. What that means, I cannot yet tell.

Priest: I suppose all we can do now is pray.

Shelly: Screw that! There has to be something we can do!

Maxie: Hm? Someone is coming. Has that old sailor returned already?

Brendan: What's going on? Where's Norma!?

Mr. Briney: I have returned with the boy!

Wallace: I am astounded you were able to navigate the sea in those conditions, let alone return already!

Mr. Briney: Heh! They didn't call me the Majestic Milotic back in the day for nothing! Well, that may be part of it, but a few minutes ago, the seas started calming all of the sudden! I figured the Lass had done it.

Brendan: Yeah! Norma must have beat that thing, right? So where is she?

Wallace: The seas cleared all of the sudden? But that must mean...

Shelly: Base to Aqua One! Come in, kid!

???: [radio static]

Wallace: Still nothing?

Brendan: "Nothing?" What's going on?

Wallace: We've lost contact with Miss Norma. We're still trying to get through to her.

Brendan: No way...

Maxie: Looks like the old sailor is right. Things appear to be returning to normal outside. The deluge is easing up, and the pressure readings in the cave are dropping rapidly. I think she's done it!

Wallace: That's great! So she really did defeat Kyogre? But why can't we get in contact with her?

Priest: In the most ancient of scripts, there have been times where terrible plagues or disasters ravaged the land. In those dark ancient times, a shrine maiden was often brought into the Cave of Origin to be sacrificed to the God of Beginnings for an end to the calamity. Perhaps the child also has...?

Shelly: Don't give me that crap, you old fart!

Brendan: Yeah! There's no way anything's happened to Norma! Because she's- She's...

???: [radio static]

Maxie: Wait, we aren't transmitting. Could that mean?

Shelly: Base to Aqua One! Can you hear me? Are you Okay?

???: [radio static] Ngh... [radio static]

Brendan: Norma! Norma, can you hear me!?

Norma: ...Bren...dan?

Wallace: By the gods, she's alive!

Brendan: Yes! Yes, it's me Norma! Where are you? Are you hurt?

Norma: ...Yep. Yeah... I probably broke something again. I am still alive... somehow.

Wallace: The unnatural weather is fading rapidly. I take then that you succeeded? You killed Kyogre?

Norma: Killed? ...He hehe- ouch! Ow, my chest hurts! N-no, I definitely didn't kill Kyogre. I'm not sure that's even possible. He's uh, asleep now.

Shelly: Asleep? So you fainted it?

Norma: Maybe I did? ... I think he's just asleep though.

Maxie: Will that be enough? What happened, in detail!

Wallace: Now now, Maxie, we can hear the details from her directly when she returns. Norma dear, are you able to get back to us? Do you know your location?

Norma: I- well, I rode Kyogre deep underwater, to this cave that's somehow got like plants and stuff. ... I have no idea where exactly it is though...

Brendan: You rode it!?

Maxie: I have a fix on your coordinates. We'll get to you using the submarine.

Norma: First a helicopter, and now a submarine. I get rescued in the coolest things.

Brendan: I'm on my way with Mr. Briney, Norma! Just hang tight!

Norma: Glad to hear it. I... I think I might... fall asleep again... Hey... Brendan?

Brendan: Yeah?

Norma: I think... I really like... y... ...

Brendan: H-huh? What? Norma, what was that?

Norma: ... ...zzz...

Day 86, 12:00 PM

I finally got my cast off! The splint still sucks, but I can finally write again! Some things just can't be done left-handed, huh? And tomorrow, assuming nothing randomly breaks, I'll get to spend my days outside of the hospital!

Mr. Wallace said he was eager to "see how the trainer and her Pokemon that defeated the God of the Sea fights in battle," or something like that. So I guess I've got a gym battle scheduled for tomorrow!

The doctors made it very clear I am to avoid any strenuous activity, but they can't be mad about it if they never find out about it, right?

Brendan has been visiting me every day unlike last time I was in the hospital. He's always really flustered though, and we mostly just sit in silence or watch TV. I don't know why he's become so nervous lately, but his blushing face is so cute! Eeeh!







Day 86, 7:00 PM

I've been trying to think about what to write about my battle with the super-ancient Pokemon. I honestly remember very little, and literally every person on the face of the planet asking me about it has not jogged my memory. But somehow I don't think Kyogre was evil. I don't know how I know this, but I think the Blue Orb was causing him pain. He attacked and killed Archie, who awakened him using the orb, but Kyogre swallowed it in the process. That's what caused Kyogre's terrible transformation, and the resulting storm. Shelly told me Archie called it "Primal Reversion" and it's similar to the Mega Evolution that Archie used on his Sharpedo. I can't remember the fight, but I think Sir Puffington got a solid hit on Kyogre's belly, and he vomited up the Blue Orb... But I don't remember what happened before or after that.

Eventually I woke up, and Kyogre was asleep. My Pokemon were all out of their balls, battered but alive. Kitty evolved somehow. She is now a beautiful Delcatty! Guess I can stop searching online marketplaces to find someone willing to sell a Moon Stone now. Still... she looks a little different from a normal Delcatty. I can't quite place it, but she's got a certain glow to her. I hope the strange energies in that cave Kyogre took me too didn't do something bad when she evolved.







Day 87, 12:30 PM

So... I'm in the waiting room before my challenge match against Wallace. I'm not nervous about the battle. I don't think I can be nervous about battling anything after everything that happened. But I was under the impression that the Sootopolis Gym was still closed from flooding during the deluge, and that this match would be private. It's not. The gym is open, and I'm pretty sure every single resident of Sootopolis is in the stands right now. I'm confident my Pokemon will win, but I think my doctor is gonna kill me...

Gab: ...and I'm Gab, and welcome to the Sootopolis City Stadium! Just one week ago this gym was flooded with muddy water and debris, but thanks to the tight-knit Sootopolis community, the crystal-clear cascading waterfalls that have entranced gym challengers and fans alike for years have been restored!

Ty: And what better way to celebrate its grand reopening than a match against gym challenger Norma Mayfield, who some refer to as the "Savior of Hoenn" after an unconfirmed online conspiracy claiming that the young lady battled a prehistoric legendary Pokemon to save the region from last week's destructive typhoon.

Gab: There's no evidence to suggest such a dramatic event occurred, and Miss Norma herself has remained as tight-lipped about those rumors as she has her recent severe injuries, but there can be no doubt that the citizens of Sootopolis see her as some kind of heroine. The stadium is packed, and the cheers are deafening as Norma Mayfield takes to the stage!

Ty: Whatever she may or may not have gone through in the past week, it is undeniable that Norma has grown a lot since she first felt the spotlight in the Rustboro gym three months ago. And her Pokemon even moreso!

Gab: Oh! And here comes Wallace with his usual fanfare! It looks like Wallace will be using four Pokemon against Norma, as expected since she has six badges currently. I wonder what Pokemon we will see today?

Ty: Looks like they are getting right to it! First up is Wallace's Luvdisc vs Norma's Delcatty! Norma has no particular advantage or disadvantage going into this battle, as is to be expected for a Normal-type specialist. These two Pokemon are both well-known for using their cute looks to distract their opponents, and I think they both know it, immediately launching at each other like a pair of catty schoolgirls!

Gab: Oh? I never realized you had experience with such things, Ty? You must fill me in later!

Ty: Ugh... Anyway look at that fight! Delcatty has gracefully dodged Luvdisc's Water Pulse and fired off a sinister Shadow Ball! Norma's Pokemon sure knows some moves, eh?

Gab: ...

Ty: A-Anyway, look at that, Luvdisc is already down for the count! Wallace is sending out a Whiscash, and Norma is quick to withdraw her Delcatty! ... Norma has chosen her Wigglytuff! You don't see many of those in Hoenn. Meanwhile Whiscash is performing Mud Sport? Interesting choice there, Wallace!

Gab: What, you don't get it? And I thought you were our battle expert!

Ty: Woah hey now, what's with that tone, Gabby?

Gab: Um, it's Gab here, Titus. Try to keep it professional? Among Wigglytuff's many impressive abilities, it is receptive to learning all manner of elemental attacks, including electric ones. Wallace, in his great wisdom, is protecting his Pokemon from the greatest threat Norma can bring against him!

Ty: Wow, Gab, I know you got your degree in cosmology, not battle studies, but I'd think even you would realize that Whiscash has a secondary Ground typing, and is immune to electric attacks! This isn't a double battle here, so clearly your precious Wallace just made an amateur mistake!

Gab: You take that back, Titus! Wallace is perfect! He's always so put together, a top-ranked trainer, and I bet he doesn't snore at night like you!

Ty: Yeah? Well if you like him so much, then why don't you go marry him! Oh wait, I forgot your fiance dumped you last year a month before your wedding!

Gab: O-oh, that is a low blow there, Titus! That's it! I'm throwing all of your stuff on the curb! We're through!

Ty: Ha, oh yeah? I bet you'll come crawling back in a week, just like last ti- ... Wait, Gab? Seriously? Gabby!? H-hey, don't just walk away, we are not done here!

???: ...

Ty: ... Oh god... What do you mean we're still on air? Oh shit! Oh f-! What are you doing Yvonne!?

???: ...

Ty: What? No, this is not funny, Yvonne! This is serious! Oh god, we are all so fired... ... A-Ahem! Uh, d-due to some technical difficulties, we, uh, are going to a word from our sponsors!



Ah, I do so love skipping out on actually describing the gym battles. Probably can't get away with that for the Elite 4 though, huh? We've steamrolled through three major battles this update, so here's the in-game deets.

Liz and Tate can be pretty scary if you don't have enough firepower on your side, but firepower is not something my team is very lacking in. Slaqueen dealt major damage to Solrock with Shadow Claw, and Murmur finished it off with Surf, also damaging Lunatone, and Slaqueen. I forgot that Surf hits allies. Lunatone used Light Screen, I think, and it died the next turn.

Primal Kyogre is a really scary beast, especially with nothing that can resist it. Sir Puffington came in clutch however. I taught him Grass Knot, and he took out Kyogre in just two hits!

Wallace was more of a formality than anything. Luvdisc are pretty weak, so I let the newly-evolved Kitty get a moment to shine, and then Puffington OHKO'd Wiscash with Grass Knot, and Thunderbolted everything else to death. Easy peasy.

Goon: level 47 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight. Pickup. Met on Route 103.
Tai: level 47 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee. Guts. Met on Route 104.
Slaqueen: level 47 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power. Truant. Met in Petalburg Woods.
Murmur: level 47 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant. Soundproof. Met in Rusturf Tunnel.
Kitty: level 48 female Delcatty. Hasty, impetuous and silly. Cute Charm. Met on Route 116.
Sir Puffington: level 48 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky. Competitive. Met on Route 115. Met in Meteor Falls.

Box:
Ziggy:
level 42 male Linoone. Careful nature, somewhat of a clown. Pickup. Met on Route 101.
Linona: level 20 female Zigzagoon. Bashful nature, takes plenty of siestas. Gluttony. Met on Route 102.
Ziggy Jr.: level 13 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Brave nature, likes to relax. Pickup. Met on Route 110 Met in Mauville City.
Linus: level 14 level 1 male Zigzagoon. Quirky nature, proud of its power. Gluttony. Met on Route 117 Met in Mauville City.
Zaggy: level 1 male Zigzagoon. Naive nature, strong willed. Gluttony. Met in Mauville City.
Spindazzle: level 16 male Spinda. Modest nature, capable of taking hits. Tangled Feet. Met on Route 113.
Swably: level 17 male Swablu. Adamant nature, mischievous. Natural Cure. Met on Route 114.
Leon: level 24 male Kecleon. Sassy nature, somewhat vain. Color Change. Met on Route 118.
Cleo: level 37 female Kecleon. Brave nature, takes plenty of siestas. Color Change. Met on Route 120.
Castorm: level 31 female Castform. Lax nature, mischievous. Forecast. Met in Weather Institute.
Dudu: level 29 female Doduo. Timid nature, good endurance. Run Away. Met in Safari Zone.
 

Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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Dex Entry Considered bitter by many.
Pronouns
She/her
Pokédex No.
5195
Caught
Jan 15, 2022
Messages
489
Location
England
Nature
Sassy
Good job with kyogre and the two gyms, Norma's got all of this under control! She's doing better than she is with Brendan, at any rate, and they are both doing infinitely better than Gab and Ty. What even was that?

Kyogre might have been a threat, but normal-types are good for learning a variety of attacks so even if you don't get STAB on them you can still deal that sweet super effective damage we all love so much. Grass Knot's especially handy.

Also... Delcatty! It's such an adorable beauty, I'm glad Norma has finally realised Kitty's potential, the poor girl's not had much chance to shine lately. Sir Puffington's been stealing most of the headlines!
 
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Hayfever

Hayfever

Kanto League Champion
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Dex Entry Evolves only after being left in the box for five years. Due to this, it is not very popular among trainers.
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Pokédex No.
5939
Caught
Dec 8, 2022
Messages
147
Location
In your box
Nature
Lax
Hay readers, I'm Hayfever and it is time to begin the end of Norma's Conquest chapter 1: Sins of the the father. Brace yourself for rapid-fire daily updates as Norma takes on her last opponents! But first, more romance? Ugh!

Good job with kyogre and the two gyms, Norma's got all of this under control! She's doing better than she is with Brendan, at any rate, and they are both doing infinitely better than Gab and Ty. What even was that?
Gab and Ty's nuclear disaster is the result of me getting bored writing up the Wallace fight. I am a capricious god in this world of fiction.
Kyogre might have been a threat, but normal-types are good for learning a variety of attacks so even if you don't get STAB on them you can still deal that sweet super effective damage we all love so much. Grass Knot's especially handy.
I am especially fond of Sp. Atk Normals like Wigglytuff, Exploud, and Audino. One of those can reliably cover any elemental weaknesses your party might have.
Also... Delcatty! It's such an adorable beauty, I'm glad Norma has finally realised Kitty's potential, the poor girl's not had much chance to shine lately. Sir Puffington's been stealing most of the headlines!
Delcatty is so beautiful, and I'm glad I decided to keep her around, and that she didn't die! Part of keeping her alive however, is not using her much in important fights. They are incredibly weak Pokemon. I like to imagine Kitty has mildly luminescent tabby stripes from the primal energies that caused her evolution.

Goon: level 55 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight.
  • Ability: Pickup.
  • Stats: HP 174, Atk 116, Def 97, Sp. Atk 70, Sp. Def 86, Spd 135
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Return, Pin Missile, Shadow Claw, Play Rough
Tai: level 55 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee.
  • Ability: Guts.
  • Stats: HP 157, Atk 117, Def 87, Sp. Atk 72, Sp. Def 78, Spd 177
  • Held Item: Shell Bell
  • Moves: Aerial Ace, Brave Bird, Facade, U-Turn
Slaqueen: level 55 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power.
  • Ability: Truant.
  • Stats: HP 248, Atk 188, Def 147, Sp. Atk 130, Sp. Def 82, Spd 144
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Giga Impact, Hammer Arm, Shadow Claw, Earthquake
Murmur: level 55 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant.
  • Ability: Soundproof.
  • Stats: HP 203, Atk 127, Def 94, Sp. Atk 128, Sp. Def 106, Spd 105
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Boomburst, Surf, Overheat, Brick Break
Kitty: level 55 female Delcatty. Hasty, impetuous and silly.
  • Ability: Cute Charm.
  • Stats: HP 157, Atk 95, Def 83, Sp. Atk 81, Sp. Def 84, Spd 128
  • Held Item: Expert Belt
  • Moves: Play Rough, Return, Ice Beam, Shadow Ball
Sir Puffington: level 55 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky.
  • Ability: Competitive.
  • Stats: HP 236, Atk 94, Def 73, Sp. Atk 113, Sp. Def 94, Spd 67
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Ice Beam, Flamethrower, Grass Knot



Day 90, 1:30 PM

Got the Mind badge! That's all eight now! As expected, it was very interesting battling two gym leaders at once. One of the Pokemon they used was the creepy moon Pokemon from Meteor Falls, which is called Lunatone. They use it and a similar Pokemon called Solrock after Slaqueen and Murmur fainted their Claydol and Xatu.

It doesn't feel real that I have all the badges yet. Like, surely there's another gym somewhere, right? Well, technically there is. The Pokemon League Regional HQ at Evergrande City. Where the Elite 4 awaits. Most trainers spend years training and battling before they have a chance to challenge the League, and yet it's only been three months since I started my journey. It's crazy, honestly.

The timing couldn't be more perfect, too. While the gyms are open all year, the League HQ is only open for a few weeks, and I have just managed to get all eight badges within the application deadline!







Day 92, 10:30 AM

My application was accepted! Now I've got two weeks to make the long journey by sea to Evergrande Island, and brave the fearsome Victory Road. Hopefully Mr. Briney won't mind giving me one last ride on his boat! I need as much time as possible to train everybody up for the Elite 4.

Oh gosh, I have so much to prepare! I need hyper potions, full restores. I've gotta check the approved held items list to see what things my Pokemon can use in the battles. I need to teach new moves to Kitty and Murmur. There's so much to do!!!








Day 94, 12:00 PM

So... Mr. Briney is not driving me to Evergrand Island on his boat, because actually Brendan is giving me a ride. He got tickets to see the championship matches, and offered to go early with me. He's gonna be cheering me on in the crowd! At first I was a little dubious, because it was a tight fit on his Wailmer before on calm water, and we need to cross the sea here, but Brendan as actually evolved his Wailmer into a Wailord since last time. Aparenly it got a lot of experience back when I borrowed it to chase after Team Aqua.

So now we are cruising along the ocean on a three-day cruise just the two of us! Brendan's Wailord is huge! Like, way bigger than even Kyogre was. I was astonished when I first saw it! There's a lot more room for the two of us on its back now. But... there's not really any privacy, so that's pretty awkward. What are we gonna do about going to bed at night? He doesn't expect me to change right in front of him or something, right? No way! That would be way too embarrassing!







Day 94, 9:00 PM

Well now I feel a little dumb. Obviously we aren't sleeping on top of Wailord. That would be super dangerous! No, we're sleeping on solid safe ground, in our own tents on a small island. Duh.

It's not like we're the only ones camped on this island tonight either. It's called Sea Route 129 for a reason. Lots of people are making their way to the Pokemon HQ after all. Both other challengers like myself, and those going to watch the battles in person, like Brendan. There are several islets along the route that are basically camping grounds for travelers like us, including rudimental facilities to use.

So we set up camp, I made dinner, and after dinner I battled a couple other challengers. The cometition competition is fierce. Even a friendly match is really intense at this level. I wonder how we're gonna do against the Elite 4? I know I shouldn't expect a victory or anything considering this will be my first time. Even making it to the third Elite would be really impressive. But I don't want to set my sights so low. I want to beat all of the Elite 4, and I want to become the champion, too! I want it all!

And... I want Brendan, too. This is the sort of situation where we grow closer, right? But nothing's gonna happen if I just keep my feelings to myself, so I'm going to ask him out tomorrow! That's a promise, and I'm writing it down right here so that I have no choice but to go through with it!

Oh, my heart is pounding so hard just thinking about it! Is it a sign of my determination? I barely thought about boys at all before I came to Hoenn, and now I'm planning to ask one out. I've grown up a lot these past few months, haven't I?







Day 95, 10:00 PM

I did it! I did it! I said it! Well, he said it first, kinda, but apparently I said something to the effect when I passed out after fighting Kyogre, so I'm still first! So, um... I guess me and Brendan are girlfriend/boyfriend now? EEEH!!! Basically, there was like a lull in the conversation, and I decided that was the time, but I guess Brendan was thinking the same thing. He told me to go first, but I needed a second, so I made him go first, which he eventually did, and he told me he likes me and I said the same to him! And then it got really awkward, and we were both blushing and I couldn't look him in the eyes, and we just sat there in silence for who knows how long, until Brendan said "Um, I really like your hair," and my heart pretty much melted right then and there, and with out thinking I said "You too." We had a bit of a laugh then, and that broke the ice, and we spent the rest of the afternoon talking about all sorts of things, and even though it was all pretty normal stuff it felt so different. And then! The sun started setting, but we were still a little away from the island we were going to camp on and it pointed to the island and the sunset behind it, and while I was looking he shifted behind me and pulled me back so my head and shoulders were pressed against his chest and he held me like that with his arms wrapped around me and aaahh! He held me all the way to the island as we watched the sunset together!

Whew! I think I went a little crazy there! I feel a little crazy, to be honest. Oh, I don't know how I'm supposed to fall asleep tonight! And what do I say to Brendan in the morning? Do I just act like normal? I don't know! Oh, calm down Norma!







Day 96, 2:00 PM

We've arrived at Evergrande Island. This is where Brendan and I must part ways. He's heading to Evergrade City, while I must brave the Victory Road, a challenging filled with powerful wild Pokemon to weed out those that lack the determination to face the Elite 4.

Geez, why couldn't it have taken longer to get here? I don't want to say goodbye to Brendan yet! Well, there's no turning back after coming this far. There's one more challenge ahead of me and my Pokemon, and then we'll be battling in the biggest stadiums in Hoenn!







Day 104, 8:00 AM

Today's the day. I have my first match against the Elite 4 at noon, against Sidney, the Dark-type master. We've been training so hard for this, and I'm not worried about this first fight. Everyone has learned a technique to combat Dark-types, and Sir Puffington is a Fairy-type too, which is practically an auto-win to be honest. Well this is the Pokemon League, so I'd better not get over-confident!

Brendan will be watching, right? Oh, I hope I don't make a fool of myself! No, I've got this! We've got it, and we will make it all the way to the end!



Eh, I'm not terribly satisfied with this chapter, but it'll do. Not much to say in this corner since there was no battles or anything. Thanks for opening that spoiler box anyway!
 

Black Viper

Conqueror of the Blackthorn Gym
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Well, it's about time!

It was somewhat inevitable that it would all come out now, at the end, but still, the girl finally came out and said it. Good for her! Of course Brendan agreed, too, why wouldn't he want a catch like Norma?

Good luck to you and your daily update schedule... rather you than me on that one!

Oh, and I love the explanation that you didn't want to write about Wallace so you just ruined Ty and Gab. Those poor guys. It's not their fault. XD
 
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Hayfever

Hayfever

Kanto League Champion
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Hay Pokefans, Hayfever here with the first Elite 4 battle in Alpha Sapphire!

Well, it's about time!

It was somewhat inevitable that it would all come out now, at the end, but still, the girl finally came out and said it. Good for her! Of course Brendan agreed, too, why wouldn't he want a catch like Norma?

Good luck to you and your daily update schedule... rather you than me on that one!

Oh, and I love the explanation that you didn't want to write about Wallace so you just ruined Ty and Gab. Those poor guys. It's not their fault. XD
Hayfever giveth love, and Hayfever taketh love away.

Goon: level 55 male Linoone. Adamant nature, likes to fight.
  • Ability: Pickup.
  • Stats: HP 174, Atk 116, Def 97, Sp. Atk 70, Sp. Def 86, Spd 135
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Return, Pin Missile, Shadow Claw, Play Rough
Tai: level 55 male Swellow. Careful nature, quick to flee.
  • Ability: Guts.
  • Stats: HP 157, Atk 117, Def 87, Sp. Atk 72, Sp. Def 78, Spd 177
  • Held Item: Shell Bell
  • Moves: Aerial Ace, Brave Bird, Facade, U-Turn
Slaqueen: level 55 female Slaking. Bold nature, proud of its power.
  • Ability: Truant.
  • Stats: HP 248, Atk 188, Def 147, Sp. Atk 130, Sp. Def 82, Spd 144
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Giga Impact, Hammer Arm, Shadow Claw, Earthquake
Murmur: level 55 male Exploud. Bashful nature, strongly defiant.
  • Ability: Soundproof.
  • Stats: HP 203, Atk 127, Def 94, Sp. Atk 128, Sp. Def 106, Spd 105
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Boomburst, Surf, Overheat, Brick Break
Kitty: level 55 female Delcatty. Hasty, impetuous and silly.
  • Ability: Cute Charm.
  • Stats: HP 157, Atk 95, Def 83, Sp. Atk 81, Sp. Def 84, Spd 128
  • Held Item: Expert Belt
  • Moves: Play Rough, Return, Ice Beam, Shadow Ball
Sir Puffington: level 55 male Wigglytuff. Careful nature, very finicky.
  • Ability: Competitive.
  • Stats: HP 236, Atk 94, Def 73, Sp. Atk 113, Sp. Def 94, Spd 67
  • Held Item: Sitrus Berry
  • Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Ice Beam, Flamethrower, Grass Knot



My heart pounded as I stepped over the threshold. An ornate rope bridge stretched over a seemingly endless abyss. On the other side, a very traditional-looking manor, the windows illuminated by flickering candlelight. The first member of the Elite 4, Sidney, must be waiting inside.

As I stepped across the bridge, a howling gale rushed from my left, threatening to blow me off my feet. I gripped the rope and steadied my feet. What, is this supposed to scare me or something? Ha! I faced much more precarious situations on Mt. Chimney. Fixing my stance, I weathered the sinister wind and made my way across the abyss towards the manor.

The inside of the manor looked nothing like a tradition dwelling. Rather than tatami mats, the floor was made of meticulously polished ceramic tile. A regulation-sized battle court drawn out in faintly phosphorescent paint. The walls faded into darkness they approached where I imagined the ceiling should be. The echoing cheers of a crowd unseen from my position echoed from above. On the far side of the court, a man sat hunched on a simple wooden chair. His head was shaved other than a spiky magenta mohawk. He was dressed in a black suit, but there was nothing professional about the way he wore it. This was the kind of man that your mother would usher you away from if you happened to pass by him on the street. A man who clearly looks like he's up to no good.

And that man is Sidney, the first of the Hoenn Region's Elite 4. My first challenge here at the Hoenn Pokémon League HQ.

"Welcome, challenger! I'm Sidney of the Elite Four." Sidney smirked, still leaning forward from his chair. "I like that look you're giving me. Like I'm trash on the side of the road. I guess you'll give me a good match."

"It's not like that," I responded. I'd never compare someone to trash. "It's just that, you don't strike me as a very nice person."

"Kyekeke! That's good! That's real good!" Sidney let out a hearty laugh before leaping to his feet, the wooden chair clattering to the ground beside him. "You're right, of course. I'm a bad, bad boy. And yet look at me! A delinquent like myself grew up to become a member of the Hoenn Elite 4! How's that for you?

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I would have thought the Elite 4 would have been even more professional than the gym leaders were. This Sidney almost seems like he doesn't care. "Well, I guess sometimes dreams do come true?"

"That's good! Looking real good! Your scorn is biting me to the marrow! That's how a Pokémon League challenger should look!" Sidney cracked his knuckles loudly. "All right! Let's get down to the kind of battle that can happen only here in the Pokémon League!"

This is it! The Pokémon League! Only at this moment did it really strike me. This is really it. I retrieved the Great Ball that stands out from the other five red Poke Balls. "Show them what we're made of, Sir Puffington!"

My fluffy pink bunny-knight, Sir Puffington materialized before me. Across from us, Sidney threw an Ultra Ball, and an imposing Mightyena emerged with a mighty roar. Rather than being intimidated however, Sir Puffington's competitive spirit only pumped him up further!

"Let's not waste any time! Use Dazzling Gleam, Sir Puffington!" Sidney did not call out an order but instead whistled. The Mightyena prepared to attack, but Sir Puffington was faster, shooting a sparkling beam of moonlight directly at the Bite Pokémon. Mightyena was knocked to the ground by the beam, and didn't get back up.

With a cackling laugh, Sidney returned Mightyena to its Poke Ball. "Well, it's rare to see a Fairy-type in Hoenn! Did you really find that in the wild? It's a little early, but I'd better bring out my ace from the get-go! C'mon out, my good buddy Absol!"

As the pale form of the Disaster Pokémon materialized, bright arcs of simulated lightning streaked across the ceiling above, momentarily lighting up the crowd watching the fight. The rolling boom of thunder quickly followed, and Absol let out a howl. "Quite the theatrics there, Sidney! Give it another Dazzle, Sir Puffington!"

However, once again Sidney did not say a word, but simply let out a short whistle. The Dark Master's ability to issue orders more quickly combined with Abol's natural speed allowed it to act much faster than Sir Puffington could unleash his beam, and in a blur the Absol struck the Wigglytuff with a hooked claw, drawing blood.

"You've got this, Puff! Anticipate his next attack!" Absol moved with super-natural speed, little more than a blur to my eyes. Once again it struck Sir Puffington, but he rolled with the attack, allowing the blow to spin him around to face the Absol as it streaked past, and fired a dazzling beam of moonlight into Absol's flank. The Absol spun around, stumbled, and with a cry, collapsed!

"Tch! Get some rest, buddy!" Sidney returned his Pokémon, and grabbed a third Ultra Ball from his belt. "Are you going to keep your Wigglytuff out in that condition?"

Sir Puffington's eye were burning with determination as he expressed his desire to keep fighting. However, the two deep cuts crossing his sides were bleeding badly, and he was breathing heavily. "Come back, Sir Puffington! You've done great!" I could see the disappointment in Puff's eyes for a split second as I recalled him into his Great Ball, but I wasn't about to change my mind. There's no reason to risk his health here, not when I have other options.

Sidney and I threw out our balls in unison, and Goon emerged on my side and a strange bird-like Pokémon with thick white fur and leafy appendages appeared on Sidney's side. I had barely even heard of his Pokémon, but I knew it was called Shiftry. Without even using one of his whistle commands, the Shifty acted immediately, clapping Goon on either side of his head.

"Goon, get back! Make some distance!" Even as I shouted my command, the Shiftry continued to press it's attack, slashing at Goon with its leafy limbs. But Goon is small and fast. He ducked under the foe's attacks and dashed past it, onto Sidney's side of the court. Shiftry spun around to face him, and Sidney let out a sharp whistle.

I also commanded my Pokémon. "Use Pin Missile!" Goon hunched down and fired off sharp spurs from his haunches. The Bug-type missiles dug into Shiftry, damaging the Grass/Dark Pokemon much more than one might normally expect. Sidney recalled the Pokemon to its ball, and prepared to send out his next. Goon had taken a couple hits, but it wasn't anything serious, so I called for him to run back to my side of the field.

"Kekeke, so you trained your Linoone for ranged combat?" Sidney laughed, "That's hilarious! Well I think that's about the end for me, but I'm a tenacious bastard, so let's keep going!" Sidney's fourth Pokémon was another Grass/Dark Pokémon, a Cacturne. With simultaneous commands, both of our Pokémon shot a flurry needles at each other. Cacturne's paralytic spines dug into Goon's face, but the Scarecrow Pokémon fared much worse, fainted by the super-effective attack.

Both of us withdrew our Pokémon, and we prepared for the last fight in this battle. I considered giving Kitty a chance to show off, but for someone who had just a moment ago practically admitted defeat, there was a nasty smirk on Sidney's face. I really didn't like that look on his face, so I decided to play it safe, and I sent out my powerhouse, Slaqueen, and Sidney released a Sharpedo.

A Sharpedo and an evil grin... Memories of Archie and his Mega-Sharpedo flashed across my mind. Quickly they were followed by Kyogre, and Archie's violent end. The thoughts made me queasy, and my vision swam. The sound of crashing waves flooded my ears. Was that the super-ancient Pokémon, rising from the ground behind Sidney?

No! I shook my head and did my best to repress the thoughts. There were no monsters, and no maniacs trying to bring about the apocalypse here. No one was going to die!

Sidney lot out a sharp whistle, and my mind cleared. The roar of the ocean was replaced by the roar of the crowd. Sidney's Sharpedo did not mega-evolve, but instead it lunged at Slaqueen with all the ferocity to be expected of a member of the Brutal Pokémon species.

"Smack it down, Slaqueen!" I shouted, and Slaqueen reacted immediately, striking the Sharpedo mid-lunge with one of her powerful arms. Sharpedo struck the floor with a wet smack, and while its rough scales tore at Slaqueens fur and flesh, the battle was clearly over. Sidney recalled his last Pokémon.

I recalled Slaqueen as well. The crowd burst into applause, and Sidney began a slow clap of his own. congratulatory for sure, but also somehow irritating. He really was good at being shifty.

"Well, how do you like that? I lost!" Sidney called out, beckoning me to approach him. "Eh, it was fun, so it doesn't matter." I crossed the tiled stadium field as the audience continued to cheer on my success. I realized I was sweating, and breathing heavily.

Sidney leaned forward as I approached him, far too close for comfort. "Hey, you doin' okay, girl? You were really out of it for a sec."

I backed up a step. "I'm fine! I was just... thinking about some stuff." The excuse was lame, but I couldn't really think of anything else to say in the moment.

Sidney gave a dramatic sigh, and stepped aside. The doors behind him opened up into a hallway out of the stadium. "Well, I won't pry. We've all got our demons, y'see. Just listen to what this loser has to say. They say that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, but that's not really true. You change under adversity, and while strength can certainly grow from overcoming hardship, that change isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Remember that. Well, the opposite's also true. Even in the deepest abyss, there's still a speck of light shining above you from the surface."

"I- um... thank you." I stumbled my words. "I guess?"

Sidney smiled at me, and this time, it didn't seem so mean, and he patted me on the shoulder in an encouraging, if too heavy-handed way. "You've got what it takes to go a long way! Go on to the next room, maybe get you a drink of water, and challenge your next battle! I won't forgive you if you drop out now!"

Still shaking a little, I stepped forward, onward, towards the next member of the Elite 4.

Alright, Sidney down! He didn't give me any trouble, and Shifty and Absol were the only Pokemon of his to actually deal any damage, and Shiftry's was just from Fake-Out. Every one of my Pokemon has a super-effective attack against him, so I wasn't too worried. I aught to have used Tai against one or both of the Grass Pokemon, but I really liked the idea of Goon getting mileage out of Pin Missile. You can check out the full fight below, if you like.

Puffington vs Mightyena
Intimidate activates, Competitive activates.
Mightyena uses swagger, Puffington uses Dazzling Gleam
Mightyena faints!

Slaqueen vs Sharpedo
Slaqueen uses Hammer Arm
Sharpedo faints!

Goon vs Shiftry
Shiftry uses Fake Out, Goon flinches
Goon uses Pin Missile, hit twice
Shiftry faints!

Puffington vs Absol
Absol uses Psycho Cut, Puffington uses Dazzling Gleam
Absol faints!

Goon vs Cacturne
Goon uses Pin Missile, hit twice
Cacturn faints!
Sidney defeated!
 
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