It had been only a couple days ago when Ten had been in New Bark Town, receiving her starter from the Professor. In that time she'd built up a team, catching some and receiving others from her boss. It felt odd returning in such a short time frame, but apparently the Professor needed to give her something. Hopefully it wasn't more tech – she had enough already to weigh her down.
With all her Pokemon resting in their Pokeballs, she walked back into New Bark Town, making a beeline straight to the Lab. She knocked on the door, waited for a moment, and walked in. “Excuse me, professor? My boss said you had something for me.”
As Ten walked into the building, she'd find it was completely packed to the brim with researchers. It was hard to locate the good Professor amongst all the business that seemed to be going on. The various lab machinery around her flashed and clicked as it worked. It all looked rather high-tech to most people, though Sebastene herself would probably have been familiar with some of the items here through her work. Professor Elm himself was located somewhere near the back of the lab, staring intently at a computer monitor. It seemed that he hadn't noticed the Kalos-born woman enter the room. It wasn't until an associate of his tugged at the sleeve of his coat and pointed in Ten's direction that the researcher noticed her. As soon as he did, his eyes lit up. He quickly collected a small item of some kind from his desk and hurried over to her.
"Ah, great timing! You are... Sebastene, are you not? I'm sorry if I kept you waiting. Today's a rather busy day, you see," explained Elm. He certainly looked exhausted, his hair a little messier today than it had been when Ten had first seen him. He was slightly out of breath just from rushing to meet up with her, too, and his skin was a little pale. Nevertheless, he didn't seem like he wanted to waste time today. "Anyway, the reason I called you here is this. Take a look." Elm presented Ten with a small, red machine. It had a few buttons on the front and a large green LED light. It honestly looked like technology from the 1990s with its squared edges and plastic-like appearance. Elm pushed a button on the front, causing the machine to beep and its small screen to flash.
"This delightful little thing is called a Pokédex. It's a fairly new piece of machinery, designed to record details of all the Pokémon that you encounter on your journey. It's a really easy device to use, too. I'd explain it all, but I want to get to business quickly. I'm sure you'll pick it up, Sebastene; it's incredibly user-friendly." It wasn't exactly clear why he was giving Ten this 'Pokédex' yet, but he handed it over to her anyway. He explained himself shortly after, fortunately enough. "You see, I can't do much journeying myself. I'm far too busy; I'm sure you understand. But you, on the other hand, are just starting your adventure. You're going to come across many Pokémon on your travels, and I'd like you to help me out. Please record as many Pokémon as you can on this Pokédex."
The researcher reached into one of his pockets as he finished that sentence, taking a slip of paper from within and handing it to Ten also. "Of course, I can't expect you to work for free. I'll reward you once you've seen or caught a certain number of Pokémon. Here's a list of the numbers that I'll be interested in. Once you reach one of these markers, come back here and I'll give up the relevant reward." He smiled and gestured toward the door, but immediately stopped Ten again as something else seemed to occur to him. "Oh! First of all, let's record all of the Pokémon you currently own. It'll be a good way to check if it works properly, wouldn't you say?"
"It seems like everything's working fine, Ten. One final thing, though. You're not the first that I've asked to help me with this quest. While it's obvious that you'll be sharing some of your finds with your friends, I'd prefer if most of your data was different to everyone else's. That way, it'll be quicker for us to collect data on every Pokémon. Let's keep a record of who you've shared what with here."