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Dakota Gilbert
 Posted: 11/9/17, 12:32 pm
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Dakota was beginning to think she should just call Ironwood her home. She has spent more time wandering the alleyways and ducking into random clubs and bars than she has anything else since coming to Eden. First off, she'd need to get a job. Hunting down information about Nightshade doesn't exactly pay well. And she assumed that like most metropolitan areas, Ironwood wouldn't be the cheapest place to live. She had a pretty decent set up right now anyway, between her camping gear and the occasional sleepover at Adam's place.

She turned a corner, off the street that runs along Ironwood gym, and into another alley. On the bright side, alleyways housed some of the most interesting wild pokémon she'd ever seen. Just last week she came across some strange black and white pokémon that resembled a little girl, who was arranging stones on the pavement in alignment with the stars. Dakota still doesn't fully understand her purpose, but it was an interesting encounter nonetheless. Before that, she battled and defeated a blob of sludge. Yes, literally a blob of sludge.

This alley was dark, with only a single street lamp to light its contents. As usual, an overflowing dumpster sat cockeyed against the wall, surrounded by several garbage bags that couldn't fit inside. Random boxes and crates sat about, most likely consisting of even more garbage but the owner's weren't quite ready to say goodbye yet. Dakota stepped carefully at first, weaving through the obstacles as she made her way through. The toes of her boot accidentally caught the edge of one of the garbage bags, causing her to stumble and grab the side of the dumpster to catch herself.

"Damn it!" she cursed, the sticky bag still stuck to her boot. She gave it a good kick, sending the bag rolling a few feet away. Now that she had steadied herself, she turned to leave. A yelp behind her caused her to pause and she spun around, startled. The garbage bag that she had kicked away stared back at her, with bright white eyes. What the...? she thought, stepping closer to get a better look. Sure enough, the garbage bag was alive and breathing. Seriously? A garbage bag pokémon??

Her hand was on her hip and she tapped her toes impatiently. "What on earth are you?" she asked, before realizing that was probably a very rude thing to say. The bag scoot towards her, whimpering a happy but nervous little whimper. It wanted her attention but had also just been kicked by her. As it scoot closer, Dakota rushed backwards avoiding in. It was a garbage bag! Gross! "No no, leave me alone!" she yelled at it, but it continued to scoot closer to her. Her heart began to race. Was this pokémon coming after her? What did it want??

Not wanting to take any chances, she grabbed the pokéball from her belt and released its contents. Samara, her sassy Haunter, exploded from the pokéball and swirled around in the air. "Samara, this thing is bothering me, take care of it." she ordered. Samara came down to Dakota's side and surveyed the scene, giving off an evil hiss when her eyes fell upon the Trubbish. Wanting to avoid getting close to the pokémon as much as possible, Dakota chose a move that kept some distance between them. "Shadow Ball." she began. Samara grinned, and began to summon some dark energy in one of her fists.



(Youngjae Hyun, how does this look? I couldn't remember, is Jae's radio station in Ironwood Gym as well or is it somewhere else? I can edit that bit later. I left it here so Jae could rush in and protect the Trubbish, or send his own pokémon in, whatever works for you! Thank you~)
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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 11/11/17, 09:54 am
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The night was still young when Jae slipped out of the Ironwood Gym.

Most people wouldn't leave in the middle of a party, especially Jae. It was his job to make sure that everything was running smoothly, but tonight Roy was ill and someone needed to take over the weeknight radio show. Besides, the old guard were all at the gym tonight: Emery, Irene, Adam, and Matt. Nothing could go wrong with them around.

The November night air was cool and crisp, perfect for a leisurely evening walk. The radio station wasn't too far away, and besides he wasn't needed there until a couple of hours later. The only reason why he was heading over now was because the Korean eatery near the radio station was closing soon, and he was craving for a piping hot bowl of pollack roe soup. Just thinking about it was enough to make his mouth water. It was a humble hometown dish, but sometimes the greatest pleasures in life were the simplest ones.

Retrieving a Poké Ball from his backpack, he released Noel with a flash of red light. The backstreets of Ironwood City were full of wild Pokémon, and some of them were pretty hard to find. Noel was among the most alert of his Pokémon, so Jae trusted that the Herdier would be able to pick up the scent of any rare Pokémon in their vicinity.

They hadn't walked too far when Noel suddenly stopped and sniffed the air. He had caught on to something, but there was a flash of concern in the Herdier's eyes. "Is it someone we know?" Jae asked, to which Noel nodded. "Herdier!" he barked urgently before taking off rapidly towards the source of the scent.

Pausing for a moment at the entrance of a dark alley, Noel turned around to check on his trainer before he dashed in. Jae followed swiftly, and almost immediately the familiar stench of a Trubbish hit him. Could it be the Trubbish that he knew? There was one who lived near the radio station, and she sometimes would wander off by herself and lose her way home. The last time she went missing, Clazzi managed to find her in the vicinity of the Ironwood Gym. In light of that, Jae wouldn't be surprised if she had ventured to this part of the city again.

At the end of the alley, Noel made a sharp turn to the left. That was the way to the Ironwood Gym, specifically the training arena at the side of the complex. Rounding the corner, Jae caught sight of a Trubbish, and further away a lady with a Haunter. The alley was too dark for him to tell if that was the Trubbish who lived near the radio station, but Noel's reaction was confirmed that his hunch had been correct.

Putting in a burst of speed, Noel planted himself in between the Haunter and the Trubbish, just as the ghost Pokémon launched an inky orb of shadows straight at the offending trash bag Pokémon. His eyes widened in shock as he realised that the Shadow Ball would merely phase through him and hit the Trubbish behind. Hurriedly he conjured a glittering barrier around both of them, and a mere heartbeat later the inky ball struck the barrier hard. Amazingly, the shield held, and the orb dissipated harmlessly into the night air.

Jae didn't know what was going on, but he did know that someone was trying to attack a harmless, lonely and frightened Pokémon. "Leave the Trubbish alone," he declared. "She's just an innocent Pokémon who's lost and afraid." But while Jae didn't want to jump to conclusions without knowing the full picture, the Herdier was much quicker to judge based on what he had seen. And that was a trainer and her Haunter picking on a friend of his. "Bullies!" Noel accused. "Stand down now!"


[Dakota Gilbert: I like this opening post! Trubbish is exactly the way I imagined her to be. Jae's radio station isn't in the gym, but no worries, the post works very well for me. Jae's usually quite conflict avoidant, but now that the Trubbish's is far away from home and frightened, there's a strong reason for him to intervene without even knowing the full details. By the way, Jae's dressed in his usual casual attire rather than his fancier outfits even though he just left the gym. I figured he'd change out into more comfortable and practical clothes.]
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Dakota Gilbert
 Posted: 11/12/17, 12:51 pm
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Dakota bit her lower lip, watching anxiously as Samara released the dark energy from her fist. She tossed it forward at the Trubbish, who sat still in a slump as if waiting to be hit. Surely this attack would scare the thing off and leave Dakota alone. Only something happened. Something got in the way of Samara's attack. A glittering shield popped up just a hair before the attack could hit, dissipating it into tiny bits. "Huh?" Dakota let out, totally confused. Samara hissed.

The shield came down, revealing the dog-like pokémon Herdier. It was hard to see in the darkness, but his shape and loud bark was unmistakable. Before Dakota and Samara could react, a male voice echoed in the alleyway. "Leave the Trubbish alone." it demanded. Dakota and Samara exchanged glances, and Dakota glared at the darkness. Who was this person? They had no right to barge in here and demand she stop her battle. This wild pokémon had come at her, what was she supposed to do, leave it alone and run?

The Herdier barked at them once more. Samara hissed back. Dakota grew angry. "She wasn't so innocent and afraid when she attacked me a moment ago." Dakota lashed out. She tended to exaggerate when she was upset, and her statement was clearly not true. However, this stranger wouldn't know that. If this stranger knew this pokémon so well, why was it lost in an alleyway to begin with? It clearly didn't belong to him, what did he care?

Her daily allowance of patience had just about run out. She had spent all day out and about hunting for job leads and had come up empty handed. She was tired, and she still needed to set up camp somewhere before it grew too late. For a moment, she considered just taking Samara and leaving. She didn't have time for this. If that trainer loved that Trubbish so much, he could have it. It wasn't worth her time. However, Samara was already committed to the battle, and had already attacked once. It might be worth some experience to hang around and let Samara battle...

Without another word, Dakota stepped forward. "Sludge Bomb." she spoke softly but sternly. Samara, excited her trainer decided to stay and battle, hovered forward. A wide, white-toothed grin spread across her purple figure as once again, dark energy built up in her hand. The energy took form, from a gas to a solid, and formed a type of sludge. She reached back and threw it forward, releasing the ball of sludge into the air aiming right for the Herdier. The sludge consisted of a foul, sticky substance that would cling to its fur and poison its skin. Dakota smirked.

Samara used Sludge Bomb!


[Youngjae Hyun, glad you like it! Sounds good to me! We'll see how this goes~]
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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 11/16/17, 10:37 am
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Did the girl just accuse the Trubbish of attacking her? Under most circumstances Jae was willing to give others the benefit of the doubt, but this sounded utterly ridiculous to him. "If she attacked you, like what you claimed, then you must have provoked her," Jae countered, with an uncharacteristic anger audible in his tone. "No, she didn't…" the trash bag Pokémon began timidly as she tottered towards Jae, but Jae's only response was to step forward and place himself in front of the Trubbish and shield her from the bully and her Haunter. He couldn't understand what the Trubbish was saying, of course, but even if he did he wouldn't have believed her.

He highly doubted that the stranger would back down just like that, and sure enough, she was adamant about picking a fight with him. At her command, a ball of sludge formed between her Haunter's hands. "Dodge it!" Jae shouted, just as the ghost Pokémon flung the foul blob at Noel. But something slipped his mind: having grown up in a congested city, he was used to battling in narrow back alleys with limited space for Pokémon to run and dodge, but his newly-acquired Herdier was not. Noel attempted to leap to the side, but there was simply nowhere to run, and the putrid projectile easily hit its mark. Noel yelped in pain and surprise, but that was not all. The toxins in the sludge started to take effect, gradually weakening the dog Pokémon.

"If a fight's what you want, then a fight's what you get," Jae growled through clenched teeth. Unknowingly, his anger was starting to cloud his judgement, and he abandoned his usual strategy for something much more direct. "Use Crunch!" he barked, and right on cue Noel dashed forward as swiftly as he could to close the distance between him and his opponent. Channelling his negative energy, the Herdier leapt into the air, aiming to chomp down hard on the Haunter.

Noel was poisoned!

Noel used CRUNCH!

Noel was hurt by his poison!


[Dakota Gilbert, apologies for the late reply!]
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Dakota Gilbert
 Posted: 11/17/17, 10:11 pm
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The voice shot back a remark about how Dakota must have provoked the pokémon. Anger built up inside her, and it took everything she had to not curse at him for accusing her of such a thing. Instead, she bit her lip and focused on the battle happening in front of her. Samara's attack had hit successfully despite the dog-like pokémon's attempt to dodge it. The poisonous blob burst against his body, clinging to his fur as he yelped. Samara grinned her evil grin and Dakota smirked as well. She loved her Haunter.

The trainer was quick to retaliate, as he should be. He ordered a return attack and his pokémon rushed forward. Easily crossing the short space between them in the alley, the dog leaped into the air with his jaw wide open and teeth bared. Samara shifted to her left in an attempt to dodge it, but was a second too slow. And Dakota, who had been standing slightly to Samara's left, jumped backwards out of her way. She landed awkwardly on the edge of another garbage bag, causing her to stumble. She cursed, catching herself again on the side of the dumpster and standing back up. Her face flushed red in embarrassment, and she felt lucky the alley was dark aside from the single street light.

The Herdier's teeth chomped down on Samara's hand, and she let out a shriek that made anyone within hearing distance cringe. Pain lit up her hand like a fire, and despite her hand not being directly connected to her body, she felt it all over. It was as if some sort of darkness coursed through her with the bite. Dakota felt a pain in her chest for her pokémon, and immediately pushed her embarrassment aside to focus on the battle.

"Dark Pulse!" she yelled, hoping she was quick with her response so Samara could focus on something else. Samara let out a nasty hiss in anger. Concentrating hard, she focused on whatever dark energy was inside her, forcing it to take form. She let out an angry roar that echoed in the alley as dark pink energy shot out in all directions. The force caused Dakota to sway and she took a step backwards to balance better. "There you go!" she praised Samara for acting so quickly and not dwelling on the pain.

Samara used Dark Pulse!


(Youngjae Hyun, you're fine! And take your time, I won't be able to reply until I get back anyway. Thanks!)
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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 11/26/17, 06:40 am
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At point blank range, there was no way to avoid the pulse of dark energy. Noel yelped in agony as the energy slammed into him like an unstoppable tide, pushing him away from his quarry. "Hang in there, buddy!" Jae called out. The Haunter was proving to be a bigger handful than he had anticipated. "Herdier!" Noel acknowledged. Determination flashed in his eyes; the scrappy Herdier was not going to be stopped by a mere Haunter or the poison that was afflicting him.

"Take down the Haunter with a full-body tackle!" Jae instructed, and Noel immediately lowered his head and charged. A shimmering coat of white energy surrounded him as he closed the gap between him and his target. Once he was in range, he pounced in an attempt to knock the Haunter down with a full-body tackle.

Noel used TAKE DOWN! (affected by Scrappy)

Noel was hurt by his poison!


[Dakota Gilbert, apologies for the very late reply!]
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Dakota Gilbert
 Posted: 12/3/17, 01:58 pm
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The dark energy Samara had shot off hit the Herdier head on like a wave. The dog yelped in pain, but with a little extra encouragement from its trainer it managed to stay on its feet. Dakota grit her teeth anxiously as it shot forward towards Samara once more. She needed to be careful, because this Herdier was clearly not going down without a good fight. "Samara, watch out!" she blurted out, hopefully giving Samara just enough time to react.

Samara had never let her eyes off the Herdier, and was ready to act the moment the Herdier charged her. With an evil grin spread across her face, she waited until the Herdier leaped into the air before her body fizzled out and disappeared. She reappeared on the opposite side of the Herdier, now positioned between Herdier and its trainer in the dark part of the alley. She let out an amused hiss, and Dakota couldn't help but smirk. Needing to stay on the offensive, she blurt out another order. "Sucker Punch!" she screamed, knowing exactly what Samara had in mind.

From the darkness, Samara burst forward with her ghostly hands clamped as fists. More dark energy formed around them, and in an instant she was taking a swing at the Herdier. Dakota wasn't sure the Herdier could take much more. She nervously eyed the other trainer who was still mostly hidden by the darkness of the alley. Would he continue to defend the silly Trubbish even if his Herdier was defeated? Or would he decide it's not worth it?

Dodges: 1/3
Samara used Sucker Punch!


(Youngjae Hyun, so sorry this took me so long! Finishing catching up on my alerts today. Still have 2 final papers to write but I figured I could at least get you something! I figured if Samara wins we could go with our original plan where Jae steps into the light and throws his next pokéball and that causes Dakota to recognize him, and she's distracted enough she loses the next battle? Still want to do that? ^.^)
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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/9/17, 02:35 am
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Jae watched expectantly as Noel leapt through the air, intent on knocking down the Haunter with a flying tackle. Moments before the inevitable impact, the Haunter suddenly evaporated into thin air. The Herdier barked in surprise as his target vanished, and when he landed he spun around in search of his elusive opponent.

From the shadows, the Haunter re-coalesced into a more tangible form. "Bite!" Jae called out immediately, and the Herdier, having reacquired his target, proceeded to attack the Haunter as she likewise charged towards him, dark energy swirling around her fists. Just as he was about to chomp down on the ghost Pokémon, the Haunter delivered a vicious pre-emptive strike, sending him tumbling into a pile of garbage bags by the side of the alley.

"Noel!" Jae cried out, worry and anger mixed into his voice. But the verdict was clear: Noel had been knocked out by that underhanded strike. Gritting his teeth, he recalled the fallen Herdier. While the battle had started off with him trying to protect the Trubbish, it was swiftly turning into a fight for his personal pride. Sensing Jae's rapidly darkening demeanour, the Trubbish recoiled and backed away into the shadows. "Trubbish…" she pleaded timidly for Jae to stop, but her appeal fell on deaf ears.

From the shadows Jae stepped into a pool of sickly yellow light from one of the alley's few streetlights. "Playtime's over," he snarled. There was something unsettling and disquieting about his abnormally calm behaviour. Selecting another Poké Ball, he held it close to his body and raised one of his legs in a classic baseball windup, before pulling his hand back and sliding one foot forwards. But all similarities to the familiar overhand pitching style ended as he crouched down dramatically, and he swung his arm in an low arc with his knuckles almost scraping the ground. Anyone familiar with the sport would recognise it as the rarely-seen submarine pitch, an unorthodox delivery that Jae used during his days in his school's baseball team.

The Poké Ball spun as it soared high into the air, and without warning it started breaking downwards rapidly. With a burst of light it opened up, and an Emolga tore through the air along the same trajectory, swooping downwards at the Haunter. "Encore!." The short and sharp command was answered with a shrill chirp as Junior's tail began to glow as white light gathered around its tip and forming a swirling orb. Angling upwards, he pulled himself into a steep climb. With a mid-air flip, he shot the orb of pure light towards the Haunter.

It was a cheap shot from Jae, but the girl had brought it upon herself when she commanded her Haunter to use Sucker Punch. The only flaw with Sucker Punch was that it relied too much on an opponent exposing itself with an attack of its own, so much so that it was impossible to land a hit using Sucker Punch if the opponent wasn't readying an attack. By compelling the Haunter into using Sucker Punch repeatedly, Junior would be free to taunt his opponent as he pleased and chip away at her morale.

Noel fainted!

Jae sent out Junior!

Junior used ENCORE!


[Dakota Gilbert]
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Dakota Gilbert
 Posted: 12/12/17, 12:29 am
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(Youngjae Hyun, I'm glad you're paying attention to the details, lol. Sorry my mind has been so preoccupied. Thanks for reaching out and making the corrections! Also, let me know if I need to make changes to this, I'm not 100% on how Encore will work, haha...)


Just as she had hoped, Samara dodged the charging dog successfully. Her body materialized on the opposite side of her opponent and struck him with her fist. The force was strong enough to knock the Herdier to the ground and into the pile of garbage bags. "Yes!" Dakota said, but grit her teeth to keep the sound to herself. Samara sensed her excitement and grinned, her white teeth practically glowing in the darkness. A thin beam of red light signaled the Herdier's forfeit, and he was returned to his trainer.

Dakota glanced over at the trainer just in time to see him step into the yellow glow of the street light. She stared blankly, her mind suddenly a blur of thoughts in response to his appearance. He was in his younger twenties, she was pretty sure, and taller than her but about the same build. His skin was lightly tanned, his hair a blend of dark and light browns, and his facial features suggested an Asian nationality. There was something vaguely familiar about him but she couldn't place it.

"Playtime's over." he said, but the sound of his voice didn't ring a bell. Maybe she didn't know him after all. His words sent a chill down her spine regardless, and her insecurity began to creep in. He was just "playing" before? Were his other pokémon much stronger? She had just started to strategize when the trainer took out his next pokéball. What happened next both confused and intrigued Dakota to the point that she couldn't focus on anything else.

The guy gripped the pokéball in his hand and performed a type of baseball pitch, where his body knelt low to the ground before swinging his arm and chucking the ball into the air. Her eyes followed the ball as it curved in the air. In that moment, her mind flashed back to several years ago. It was back in Lilycove City, when she was still dating Ally. There was a baseball competition that summer, and Ally's Team Aqua gang had insisted on going to the game and pick-pocketing the attendees. It was a source of argument between her and Dakota, but she went anyway. There was a player on the field that had the most unique and unusual pitching technique, one that is not easily forgettable.

Before she could fully comprehend who the person in front of her was, a black and white pokémon with yellow accents and wings burst free from the pokéball. Within seconds, the guy had given an order and his pokémon was carrying it out. A bright white light surrounded the Emolga's tail, just before getting shot forward towards Samara. "Watch out!" Dakota screamed, but there was nothing that could be done. The light engulfed Samara, and Dakota cringed in preparation for the cry of pain.

There was no cry of pain, however. Samara seemed to be just fine. Dakota chose to take advantage of the situation and ignore the thoughts insisting she find out who this guy was. "Samara, use Payback!" she ordered. Samara gave a firm nod and hovered towards her opponent. She lifted her fists, and a slight flash of dark energy lit them up before fizzling out. Dakota waited for Samara to attack, but Samara didn't move. "Samara!" she yelled, not understanding at all why she wasn't listening.

Samara's fists continuously tried to summon dark energy, to no avail. Her grin quickly faded to a frown as she turned towards Dakota. "What??" Dakota responded, anger quickly rising in her tone. Her eyes shot back and forth between the trainer, his Emolga, and her Haunter. What was happening? Why couldn't she attack? She thought hard about the move he had used and what effect it would have on Samara, but in all honesty she didn't have much experience with that move. "What did you do to her?!" Dakota yelled, directing her anger at the trainer instead.
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