Nami, Neptune and Mako are raring and ready to go!
Tristan's day so far had been an eventful one to say the very least, three battles in short order all successful experiences for the blonde haired boy and his young team of water type pokemon. As he was walking along the path leading from New Bark Town to Cherrygrove City, Tristan had been browsing through his pokedex to learn more about the pokemon that his device had recognised so far, the handheld device was a wonderful piece of technology with unlimited benefits towards new trainers.
After having completed some studying of the new information on his pokedex, Tristan had been browsing through the universal rewards shop for the Johto region and recognised a water type pokemon for sale in the form of a Carvanha. Without a second thought the blonde haired boy transferred payment for the purchase of the savage pokemon, another strong water type pokemon to add to his team, what a find. Not long after his payment had been deemed received by the rewards shop, a Pelliper wearing a uniquely fitted delivery outfit dropped off a pokeball that contained the newly purchased Carvanha, the delivery service definitely didn't mess around!
Tristan placed his new pokemon partners pokeball in his pocket next to Nami and Neptune's pokeballs as he found himself on the outskirts of New Bark Town. Tristan's ears perked up as he could hear two voices calling out from nearby as he looked around for where the noise had originated from, the blonde haired boy was curious to the new situation that had arisen.
“Alola!” The friendly and deep voice of Kaui greeted Tristan. “Alola!” His wife spoke up in unison. They both approached the young blonde-haired lad with a warm smile and waved ecstatically. Their hair gave away their age, as the Maui hair had greyed to the point that it actually turned white while Kaui’s hair was silver in its greyish tone. “We’re from Alolan region-““-and we’ve come to Johto as part of our retirement.” A short introduction as Kaui waved the boy towards him. Maui pressed lovingly next to her husband in a warm embrace.
“I’m Maui and this is Kaui. Would you be interested in learning about an Alolan tradition?” She asked. Maui reached up and brushed her medium bangs just out of her hair. They would watch Tristan’s response eagerly and would only continue after they had given him time to consider their proposition. No doubt he may have questions, whether or not he voiced them, and the elderly couple would be there to answer them both regardless. “You see in Alola we have Trials…” Kaui fumbled, trying to explain it to Tristan. Luckily, Maui would be there to interject on cue, “They’re our version of what you’d call Gym Battles.” She explained with a bright smile and heart-warming tone.
Should Tristan agree, they would beckon him to follow them as they lead him to a wooded section where they held their trials at. “You’re only allowed to bring 3 Pokemon on the Trial.” Kaui explained, casually interlinking his fingers on his hands together behind his back. Maui nodded as she strolled along just a step behind her husband. They both glanced every so often to be sure that Tristan was keeping up, though the speed of their gate was slower than most. “I’ve got a pretty good makeshift Totem set up for this event.” The old man laughed.
They would walk up to two large pillars that create a break in in the wooded area. The sounds of wild Pokemon shuffling in the woods could be heard, from scratches on tree bark to buzzing wings, and even the shuffling of paws digging into the grassy sand of the forest floor in the distance. “Well, here we are!” Maui gestured through the pillars. Kaui added, “If you need to do any preparation, now is the time.” He warned Tristan as he glanced in-between the pillars to the trial run.
“The Trial starts just through here. The Pokemon we’re looking for may not fare well when they’re cold and communicate through their discharge.”
Tristan would notice several paths that he could take once he made it through the pillars and into a small clearing with a large rock in the center. Wild Pokemon moved and foraged about in different directions – all within Tristan’s line of sight. Perhaps one of these Pokemon matched the description that the old couple had given him.
Up ahead in a patchwork of trees was a small reddish-brown feathered Pokemon. I had flown up into a mighty oak tree with a wide trunk and landed on a sturdy branch. Small branches and random debris poked out from the feathered Pokemon’s mouth as it pushed and prodded the materials into a makeshift nest it was building. The feathered avian would stop and cautiously scan the area with narrowed, suspicious eyes, before it turned back to its work.
Off to his right a small brown Pokemon worked tirelessly at a felled tree. The brown furry Pokemon chewed away at the large trunk as it tried to break up it into more sizable chunks. It seemed oblivious at least for the moment, whilst it worked away and gnawed up the thick old trunk of the dead pine wood.
Off to his left a round red Pokemon with small black dots decorating its body watched the lad and its surroundings. It scurried up the side of a young tree with short branches brimming with bushy green leaves and tried to duck in between the foliage as it watched timidly. The two black antenna on the top of its head wiggled a bit, and it remained quietly observant.
In the final direction a bristly furred brown Pokemon of light and dark brown hues shuffled through the tall grasses reaches of the forested floor. It seemed to zip this way and that through the grass and was most noticeable through the twitching long blades. In intervals, the furry brown creature with a single black band over its eyes would dart out, then back into the tall grass. It didn’t seem to be quite as busy, though perhaps it was just enjoying its short bursts of energy.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2020 12:14:19 GMT 11 by caramell
Tristan was entirely surprised to be greeted by an elderly looking couple, after his encounter with the crimson haired boy earlier in the day this was honestly the last thing he had been expecting. The pair, Maui and Kaui introduced themselves as being from the Alola region, that made all the more sense as their opening greeting had been the word 'Alola', it must have been the equivalent to hello or greetings in their region. Tristan smiled towards the elderly couple as they bounced off each other's sentences, something only couples seemed to have the ability to pull off cohesively.
The name's Tristan Storm, I'm originally from the Hoenn region, Pacifidlog Town to be precise!"
Now that the introductions portion of things was over and done with, Maui and Kaui introduced Tristan to the concept of trials, the alolan region's equivalency to gym battles. In Tristan's mind he could sense that this was a challenge, something he wasn't going to back down from willingly as his body language exuded his excitement towards the proposition. Three pokemon was the limit to the trial, a perfect amount for Tristan as he currently only owned three pokemon at this early stage of his journey,
"I would love to take on this trial you speak of, it sounds like a truly unique challenge! I've got my team raring and ready to go!"
Maui and Kaui led Tristan a few minutes distance off the beaten path that connected New Bark Town and Cherrygrove City. As the trio arrived at a clearing in the woods, a simple eye catching sign caught Tristan's attention as he also noticed a pair of hollowed pillars with specific indentation markings engraved into it, a truly cultural experience. As Tristan entered through the pillars he noticed several paths that he could choose to travel down, each seemed to have a wild pokemon that caught the teenage male's eye for a moment. Tristan was particularly curious as to what the pokemon on the furthest path away was up to, after all the other three pokemon had either been busy continuing on with what they were doing or were intently watching Tristan to see what his next move would be. Tristan wasn't exactly sure what he could expect to be walking into, after all this was his first trial experience and it seemed like anything was possible. Tristan turned and smiled towards Maui and Kaui before setting off on the path he had chosen to traverse down,
The bristly furred raccoon stopped in its run. Where it had been zipping this way and that through the tall grasses and thick weeds, it would immediately pull itself into a full and abrupt stop. It’s cream-and-brown bristle fur was thick, causing the Pokemon to look thicker and fuller than its body might have been underneath. Surely such a Pokemon with such a thick hide of rough fur had no problem with the cold.
When the blonde-haired teenage young man approached the wild Pokemon, he caught the normal type’s attention. It scrunched up, then inched closer, its thick bushy tail wagging slowly and cautiously behind its body. The zig-zaggy Pokemon would sniff the young boy’s hand carefully and then huff with an upturn of its nose. The bristle furred racoon would then turn on its heels and zip back and forth in an erratic pattern through the undergrowth.
Upon the first path where the bird sat in its nest it had stopped building up its newfound home and stretched out its wings cautiously. Soft murmured chirps escaped the wild avian Pokemon’s lips. It studied the young lad through skeptical narrowed eyes, before it returned to building and making its nest. It would use its short sharp beak to poke and prod at small branches and twigs that it moved and twisted just so to fit in within the lining of the bird’s nest.
The furry wild mammal with overgrown incisors paused momentarily. It crawled up on top of the large felled tree and studied the human carefully. Quietness seemed to fall over the wild furry normal type, with its short fluffy tail and cute red button nose, which it twitched as it sniffed the air. After determining there was no threat, the Beaver would return to its usual work of chewing and munching on the wood, breaking the overgrown and dead tree up into sizeable chunks.
The final Pokemon opened the large red wings with black polka dots cautiously. They buzzed in a low murmur and the wild Pokemon with its black antennae would fly over to a tree not quite closer or further away. It seemed intrigued, and so it skittered down the trunk with its six legs, as it kept its eyes glued on Tristan. It pressed itself up against the rough bark of the impressively sized oak tree, hiding the soft yellow underbelly as it quietly observed its surroundings.
What path would Tristan choose next?
Last Edit: Apr 30, 2020 10:40:06 GMT 11 by caramell
Tristan followed the direction in which the bristly furred brown raccoon had been shuffling through the tall grasses of the forested floor. As the furry brown creature darted out of the tall grass it had a cautious yet surprised look on its face as Tristan approached it as calmly as possible. Tristan knelt down to the height of the raccoon pokemon as it hesitantly moved towards him and sniffed his hand. The wild Zigzagoon must not have been pleased with what it had smelt as the raccoon pokemon upturned its nose and darted off back into the tall grass, only the shaking of the grass from the pokemon's erratic movement pattern gave away its whereabouts, Tristan however had determined that this pokemon must not have been the one he was looking for as part of the trial.
Tristan turned his attention to the other three pokemon nearby, each of them appeared to be going about their business however had taken a moment to check out what the blonde haired boy was up to. The pokemon that next caught the attention of Tristan was the one with large red wings with black polka dots. The pokemon had been acting cautiously as it buzzed in a low murmur over to a tree nearby, this specific pokemon appeared intent on keeping a close eye on its surroundings, it was enough of a signal to Tristan that it would be a good idea to check out if this was the pokemon he was in search of as he made his way towards the tree that the bug like pokemon was temporarily housed upon, the blonde haired boy had assessed that maybe his approach previously had not been so open and welcoming so he decided to go with a more soft and gentle approach this time around as he approached with an obvious smile on his face,
The closer the human approached the more the little bug hugged at the trunk. Closer... and closer... Ledyba was getting very uncomfortable, showing this with a bit of a shuffle around the girth of the large tree. It remained just in sight so it could keep an eye on Tristan but was definitely trying to avoid any interaction. Sadly the bug pokémon would not get its wish.
As the blond stepped up and greeted the wild insect there would be no response but a slight shudder. Ledyba froze after curling up as tight as it could; a death grip on the bark at this point. The stress of its hold sounded a light crackle in the old layer. It remained stationary. Hoping that by being still as a boring rock perhaps the trainer would lose interest and go away. It waited for what seemed like an age when only it had been maybe a few seconds. It could feel the trainer's eyes on its back.
Just when it seemed like Tristan had struck out with another of the wild pokémon Ledyba cracked. "BAAAAAA!" it screamed in a panicked craze. Its elytra flicked open suddenly to let the lady bug's wings buzz to life. It launched itself from the tree and turned itself to face Tristan. A smear of discharge was left on the tree and it smelled rather sour.
Ledyba (LV 9 - Swarm) is attacking! Who will Tristan send out to battle?
Tristan approached the bug pokemon whose wing covers were red with five black spots, it resembled that of a ladybug. The bug pokemon had been keeping a careful eye on Tristan for a while but quite literally froze as Tristan's gaze was fixated upon it as he got closer. Tristan was ready to accept that once again this wasn't the pokemon he was in search of as the bug pokemon remained motionless.
As Tristan was about to turn and head off in search of the other two pokemon that he had noticed, the bug type pokemon sprung to life and left a sour smelling imprint on the tree that it had been hugged up against. The bug pokemon appeared scared but at the same time ready to battle to protect its territory, in response to this Tristan retrieved a pokeball from his pocket and tossed it into the air as Mako the Carvanha emerged from his resting place. The savage looking pokemon scanned his surroundings and noticed Tristan, his new trainer, and then he noticed the bug type pokemon across from him as the hot-headed pokemon was keen to unleash some pent up energy upon the innocent looking bug pokemon.
"Alright Mako, Bite that bug!"
Mako needed no extra guidance as his sights were locked down upon the five star bug pokemon, the ichthyic shaped pokemon was ready to take this new territory as his own as he could smell that his new adversary was filled with fear. Mako rushed towards the wild Ledyba like a bat out of hell as he prepared his strongly developed jaw with its sharply pointed fangs to attack the bug type pokemon and leave a lasting impact.
The bug pokémon didn't like the looks of the spiny fish. Not one bit, no sir. It squealed and buzzed, trying its best to make the pair go away but to no avail. Mako rushed forward without any hesitation after his trainer gave the word. Ledyba was left completely overwhelmed. What should it do? Mako was like a shark, zooming above the land and already flipping into the air with his terrifying chompers opened wide. The wild bug was at a loss.
Powerful jaws clamped down against the ladybug pokémon's body. The bug's many gloved appendages flailed about uncomfortably inside, knocking on the carvanha's cheeks and roof of his mouth. He couldn't hold on very long. Just enough to bring the bug down from the ground before opening up and letting the wild pokémon slip away.
It was slobbery. Wet. Another thing the bug type didn't well appreciate. It cried out angrily, fixing its wings underneath its shell and glaring at the scary fish. With a faint glow the trainer's opponent brought into existence a row of floating stars. Fading into view as nearly pure light they were quickly difficult to behold with one's eyes. In the next moment the array of stars zoomed toward Mako in a flash. It was impossible to even begin trying to dodge something that couldn't be looked at directly. The tough fish felt the attack impact his rough skin bluntly. It was forceful, but nothing Mako couldn't handle.
Ledyba huffed loudly, barely able to keep its vision straight. Already it was reconsidering its decision to fight, as could be noticed by the way the wild bug was looking for escape routes.
Mako the Carvanha indefinitely fit the mould for a piranha pokemon as his style thrived upon unwavering aggression and the fear of his opponents. The opposing ladybug like pokemon had no doubt seen better days as Mako viciously bit down upon the bug type pokemon's body, leaving it in a wounded state and searching for any possible escape route that it could find.
The wild Ledyba was seemingly too wounded to make a swift escape after Mako's first bite attack, so instead it initiated a counter attack upon Mako as its next attack was so swift that the human and pokemon's eyes alike were unable to track it. A row of floating stars were in view for a mere moment before disappearing and then connecting with Mako the Carvanha, the piranha pokemon had absolutely no chance to dodge the oncoming attack as it had essentially appeared out of nowhere it had moved that fast. Tristan was impressed by the ladybug pokemon's attack as he set his attention back towards finishing this battle off quickly.
"Finish it off with another Bite attack Mako!"
Mako could see the fear that was overcoming the bug type pokemon opposite him, it fuelled him to relentlessly rush towards the wild Ledyba with no regard for who or what may have tried to stop him along the way. The piranha pokemon had a vicious look about it that signalled that he was not to be messed with as he prepared his strongly developed jaw with its sharply pointed fangs to attack the ladybug pokemon.
When it was clear the trainer wasn't going to give it any breaks the Ledyba gulped loudly and began panic fleeing. It couldn't decide which way to go at first, turning to its right to find a series of trees that would slow it down. In front was obviously not going to work, and spinning a full 180 just made it fear Mako even more. The dark fish's bloodthirstiness had left quite an impression. Like a haunting stalker in the dark of the night. Ledyba was forced to turn back around and watch the rough-skinned pokémon approach. It wasn't pleasant, but it was better then getting chomped on the back.
The wild pokémon's thought process was probably flawed. Either way it did nothing as Mako swiftly jumped close and bit down on the squealing bug. The pair were brought to the ground harshly again, dazing the poor bug. A swell of white overtook the edges of its vision as it brought one of its many legs to rub its head. If one thing could be said of the wild pokémon it was that it had some constitution, but it was clear the battle was over. Ledyba laid quite on the ground, practically playing dead for a moment.
Was that it? There weren't any other pokémon in the area that seemed to fit the hint the old man had given Tristan on his way in, but this frightened ladybug didn't seem like much of anything. The ledyba remained still just long enough for such questions to begin burning in any curious mind. Then, suddenly, the bug sprang up with a big breath of energy; likely its last reserves. It made a desperate buzz into the air in an attempt to escape the angry fish and his water trainer. Unlike moments before it was very focused, heading deeper into the mountains where the terrain gave way to more of a rocky canal.
Mako grew to LV 12! He's trying to learn Aqua Jet; forget an old move?
Mako looked towards the wild Ledyba like a shark usually would as it eyes off its prey, it was clear that the hot headed Carvanha thoroughly enjoyed being the alpha pokemon in a situation where only one would be left standing in the end. Tristan watched on with great intrigue as the bug type pokemon frantically attempted to escape, it was all for nothing however as the wild Ledyba could only make it so far before its worst nightmare eclipsed upon it in the form of the piranha pokemon.
Tristan's eyes lit up with excitement at the sight of Mako's thirst for battle, its true potential had not yet been unlocked, there was however plenty of time left for that to occur. The wild Ledyba laid motionless on the ground after succumbing to the pain of Mako's latest bite attack, it had only had the opportunity to counter with a swift attack previously before its end was met prematurely.
As Tristan admired his pokemon's handiwork he noticed out of the corner of his eye that bug type pokemon had sprung back into action and was making like the pink panther as it exited stage left and was headed for the hills, literally. The bug type pokemon's movements looked incredibly laboured, very much a result of the physical punishment that Mako had inflicted upon it during the battle. Tristan was unsure what exactly this Alolan Trial had in store for him but a gut instinct told him he was about to find out if he and his water type partner followed the wild bug type pokemon. Tristan motioned for Mako to pursue Ledyba as he begun to jog deeper into the mountains, the rocky canal like terrain that was ahead of him was definitely going to be a challenge, Tristan was confident in both his and his pokemons abilities and was more than up for a challenge,
"Follow that bug Mako, whatever you do, don't let it get away!"
The trees became smaller and smaller, and more and more twisted as Tristan and Mako followed the ledyba. Soon though, they were only following where they thought it had gone to, since there was no way the two could keep up with the flying pokemon as the ground was littered with shrubbery and rocks and they constantly got caught by brambles or loose branches, all which slowed them down even further.
As they moved up the trees became fewer and the ground more rocky, as they reached a plateau only a few twisted bushes where left and the place was littered with boulders on the rocky ground. Even if the ledyba had been on all fours on the ground, they wouldn't have been able to find any tracks from it, and since it had been flying there was no telling of where it had went. Until now they had moved more or less in a straight line but from here there were no clear way going forward, instead numerous paths went in different directions and Tristan would have to guess which one to follow, if he wanted to find the ledyba again.
There were some pokemon cries in the air, perhaps he could recognize the ledybas and could follow them? One came from a path heading southeast, it was rough and looked like something had forcefully pushed their way through. Another call come from a small canyon which led north, it was rather small and not very deep, Tristan wouldn't have any trouble going into it. The third came from a direction behind a fallen tree, it was an old trunk and if they investigated they would find a small dirt path leading east, it looked smooth and easy to follow. The last call they heard came from the west and there might be a path in that direction too but it was hard to tell, there were one leading northwest but the call didn't quite come from that direction, so it would require they went through a bunch of dried up brambles and more follow the call than a path. There were plenty of other trails leading away from the area but the only clue to a direction was the calls in the wind.
Which way would Tristan choose?
The rough path:
The small canyon:
The path blocked by a fallen tree:
The "Is this really a path?":
(ooc: Just a reminder Mako can learn Aqua Jet, if you have missed it)
Taking 'The Rough Path'. Also could Mako please forget Leer in exchange for Aqua Jet, thanks!
To define the path that Tristan and Mako were traversing in hot pursuit of Ledbya as a maze would be a gross understatement. The bug type pokemon was frantically fleeing from the scene in which Mako had made light work of it in battle and was creating distance between itself and the human and his partner pokemon. The trail that Tristan was following was littered with shrubbery and rocks on the ground with numerous brambles and loose branches hanging from the surrounding trees that twisted and turned in unique ways that Tristan had not seen before.
Tristan and Mako reached what appeared to be a plateau and quite literally had no idea where their bug type adversary had gotten off to. There were numerous paths ahead of Tristan that he could decide to take, it was essentially going to be a gamble as to which one Ledyba had taken to escape. Numerous different sounding pokemon cries could be head emanating from the different paths, the sound that protruded from the southeast sounded eerily familiar, similar to the sound the wild Ledyba had previously made after being viciously attacked by Mako the Carvanha. Despite how rough the southeast path looked it certainly appeared as though someone or something had forcefully pushed its way through the path, that was enough evidence for Tristan to follow that path as he motioned for Mako to take the lead in the search once again,
"It's a guess but I'm quietly confident our little bug type friend is down this way Mako, let's find where this little one has gotten off to"
The path was rough indeed and it rivaled Mako's own rough skin, it was hard to say who got most scratches from contact! It wasn't easier for Tristan to walk on it as it was full of loose pebbles and he was in danger of some of them rolling away and him falling for every step he took. The ledyba was lucky it had wings and didn't need to walk on such treacherous ground, the question then was what had pushed their way through and destroyed the path so much?
By pure determination Tristan and Mako would make their way through, and could see a big old tree surrounded by prickly bushes. They were all twisted by the wind but the tree still had a pretty dense treetop. The path went straight to the tree and then made a turn around it before it continued into even more rough terrain. As they followed the path around the tree, they would see that the bushes didn't grow on this site of the tree and instead was a little pedestal much like the ones at the entrance to the Trial, and on it lay an amulet. Was that it?
The leaves in the tree rustled even though there were no wind. A buzzing was heard and then a huge ledian ascended and hovered right in front of the amulet and was blocking Tristan's acces to it. She watched him calmly to see how he would handle the last challenge: herself. He would have to proove himself to the challenge to be allowed to pass the challenge and get his hand on the amulet.
Totem Ledian [lvl 12] will make sure you are worth the amulet.
What a trek it was, kudos had to be given to whoever or whatever had successfully pushed their way along the path that Tristan and Mako had just travelled down. Tristan felt like a drunken sailor as the loose pebbles under his feet made for some serious balancing act situations where the male teenager had to do everything within his physical abilities to stop himself from falling flat into the rough ground.
As Tristan followed the rough path along the big old tree he happened to notice a pedestal that looked eerily similar to that he had observed at the entrance to the trial and there sitting pretty on top of it was a shiny looking amulet, the objective in which Tristan was supposed to take custody of. Tristan felt uneasy in his stomach as he begun to frantically scan the area to see if he was being watched. Tristan knew something was definitely up and he was alert to things taking a turn for the worse, nothing was ever as easy as a snatch and grab in today's day and age, maybe whatever had pushed it's way through the path had simply lured Tristan and his partner into it's trap and now they were nothing more then its midday meal.
"Stay on guard Mako, I have a feeling we have company"
So it would be, Tristan's instincts were soon proven to be spot on as what looked to be the evolved form of the Ledyba that Mako had made such light work of earlier, except for the fact that this ladybeetle like pokemon was huge, and that was definitely understating things. The Totem Ledian hovered in front of the amulet that was perched upon the pedestal, the message was as clear as day, if Tristan wanted the amulet he would have to go through his final challenge first. Tristan with a smile on his face motioned for Mako to move forward ready for another battle, the piranha pokemon had fought well earlier against the wild Ledyba so Tristan felt as though it may be the smart play avaialble to him to ride the hot hand so to speak,
"Alright Mako, nothing better then a front on challenge! Let's get things started with your bite attack!"
Tristan gave a slight smile and nod of confidence towards Mako as the piranha pokemon blared its teeth towards its huge adversary as if to show off his most lethal weapon, the hot headed water type pokemon's thirst for battle was still unquenched despite such a dominant victory earlier on. Internal thoughts raced through Tristan's head as he wondered how quick this huge Ledian actually was, all he could assume at this point was that with its sheer size it was sure to pack a punch.