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 [gym] Into the lair of the dragon
Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/26/16, 04:42 am
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Jae always loved the way the Wisteria Gyn looked.

The gym was a massive, imposing spire that rose dramatically into the sky from the middle of the town. Its sheer height and stone facade made it look forbidding, but that might very well be a way to filter out the wannabes from the serious gym challengers. Those who were already unnerved before they passed through the wooden doors wouldn't be able to defeat the gym leader anyway.

But Jae had to admit: he did feel nervous, standing before the Wisteria Gym. It was his first gym battle as a challenger and not a trainer. He could feel the weight of the Pokéballs in his backpack: his Pokémon were so excited that they would be challenging another gym for the first time, and Jae would really hate to let them down by failing his attempt.

But it was too late to turn back now, wasn't it? (Plus, he had already arranged for a battle, and he couldn't possibly bail out on the gym leader.) Taking a deep breath, he steadied his nerves and strode towards the entrance. On the surface he looked confident enough, but it was just his way of handling stressful situations like this one. Fake it till you make it: that was a piece of advice he received early in his career as a deejay, and time and time again he had found it useful.

Passing through the massive wooden doors, he found himself alone inside a dimly-lit library. The spire's architectural emphasis on verticality and height was evident here as well, expressed through the tall bookshelves that stood silently in neat rows.

Now for the awkward part.

"Hello?" he called, maybe a tad too softly. It didn't feel right to holler inside a library, but at the same time he wasn't sure if anyone could hear him. "I'm Youngjae," he added, this time a little louder, "and I'm here for the gym challenge."

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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/26/16, 07:41 am
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Merlin the Gallade teleported to Dan, who was deep in the library stacks looking for a grimoire by an ancient Wisteria sorcerer, to notify him of the challenger calling awkwardly upstairs. Perhaps it was time to install a bell, but that would be counterproductive to a hall of learning's nature. Dan could imagine what it was like to get lost in the Wisteria library, as he was before. It was a place where the old and mystical flowed into the present, creating ripples of power that scared and enlightened you simultaneously. Still, Dan didn't want to keep him waiting longer than he needed to; he stretched his hand out to Merlin, who clasped it and brought Dan along on his Teleport trip back up to the levels of the library that saw the sunlight.

"I'm so sorry to keep you waiting," Dan said, speaking and breaking into a swift stride just as Merlin and him materialised amidst a warm burst of light. "I'm Dan Gaitley, the gym leader," he said with a confident smile as he offered his challenger his hand. "The arena is up this way," Dan gestured towards the ceiling as Merlin began walking solemnly towards the undulating spiral staircase. "The sunlight is beautiful up there!"

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/26/16, 09:20 am
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No response. Jae tried again. "Hello? HelLLOOAHhh…" A sudden burst of light startled him and his voice wobbled. He composed himself as quickly as he could, just as the light faded to reveal the gym leader and his Gallade. Oh dear… did he just embarrass himself in front of the gym leader? Already he could feel himself blushing.

He took the gym leader's hand in a firm handshake. That helped to ground him a little; at least the really awkward bit was over. "It's an honour to meet you. I'm Jae," he replied as smoothly as he could, still feeling a little mortified over his earlier faux pas. "No worries. I've only just arrived. I might even be early, in fact."

Dan gestured upwards towards the arena upstairs. "The sunlight is beautiful up there!" the gym leader revealed. "Sunlight?" Jae asked, genuinely surprised by the revelation. "I thought the arena would be dim and mysterious, like the library," Jae confessed. After all, this gym also specialised in ghost-types, and he thought they would prefer a darker environment. At any rate, a sunlit arena sounded like a great idea, and a very welcome change from after battling numerous times under artificial lighting.

He followed the Gallade up the spiral staircase. "That was a very… unexpected and thematic entrance back there," Jae started, referring to the way Dan teleported into the library with the help of his Gallade. He wondered if it was intentional, or if Dan had simply chosen that entrance because it was quick and convenient.

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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/26/16, 09:46 am
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Even when Dan first approached the Wisteria Gym as a simpler trainer, he too assumed that battles took place in some subterranean arena where light shone down from cold crystals sprouting from a craggy ceiling. It was an assumption that he hoped his work on Edenic myth would, like his arena on the highest level of the building, shine some light on.

"We often assume the earth to be the only source of magic. I understand why: the earth's depths are weird and wonderful, cold and warm all at once. The earth has the power to give life and bring death. It is, indeed, a mythical place." Dan spoke as he led the way up the staircase, light filtering down from the glassy dome capping the spiral and onto his forehead. "Yet, the sun itself is also another source of power. While the earth grounds us, sunlight gives us vision, warms our bones, and helps us look at the world." Dan ended his esoteric speech just as they approached the double door that sealed the library's hallowed ground from the realm of the mundane. With a psychic nod, Merlin pushed the doors open to reveal a sweeping stone floor, flanked by grand pillars that led up to handsome grey arches. Rainbow-tinted sunlight blazed in from the stained glass fixtures that depicted creatures and people from Edenic lore.

"Also, just to make it clear, we teleported in because I wanted to make my way up quickly," Dan said, breaking from his airy tone into a pragmatic grin. "It's not something we do to appear all mysticky."

Quickly, Dan made his way to his platform and ascended it before speaking the match into motion. "Alright, let's proceed! I, Dan Gaitley, accept your challenge! As League rules state, this battle will be 3-on-3. Both battlers will be allowed to switch. As the challenger, you will choose your Pokemon first. All the best, and let's go!" As much as Dan enjoyed theorising about the earth's old past, he enjoyed this aspect of connecting with nature too. There was little more exciting than strengthening this bond between man and Pokemon!

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/27/16, 10:29 am
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Jae knew little about mythology, his knowledge largely limited to the tales he heard from the elderly folk back home in Hoenn when he was a kid. Nonetheless, Dan's explanation made perfect sense to him. "I have to admit, I don't know much about magic, but now the tales that I've heard before make more sense now." In particular, he was reminded of the stories about Groudon and Kyogre, two supernatural forces with opposing properties that complemented and balanced out each other. Having too much of either one of the two forces would only end in disaster. Perhaps that was why this tower was designed as such, with a dimmer library and a sunny upper level to reflect the two sources of magic coming together in harmony.

He laughed when Dan revealed the true reason behind his entrance. So it really was a matter of convenience. "Seems like I read a little too much into it," he said somewhat sheepishly.

Finally, they arrived at the arena. Just like what the gym leader had said, it was bright and sunny up here. The soaring arches created a sense of space and airiness, a stark contrast to the library downstairs. Sunlight streamed through stained glass fixtures that depicted various creatures and people, a couple of which Jae was able to recognise. All in all, everything came together to create a grand and majestic looking arena befitting of the Wisteria Gym.

It was a strange, surreal feeling when Dan officially accepted Jae's challenge. For the past few years, Jae had always battled as a gym trainer, but this was his first time as a challenger. Nervousness gripped him again – in a good way this time, as he felt the adrenaline kick in.

This was it. The moment he had been training for. Reaching for a Pokéball, he tossed it using his signature submarine pitch.

"Let's give it our best shot, Zea!"

Right on cue, the Pokéball opened and released the Helioptile with a flash of red light. Zea landed lightly on his feet and gave his best attempt at a battle cry. Heliop-tile!!"

It might seem like an odd choice, considering two out of the three types the Wisteria Gym specialised in were resistant or even immune to Zea's strongest attacks. But as always, Jae had a couple of tricks up his sleeve, and he hoped those would be enough for him to emerge victorious.

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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/27/16, 10:51 am
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Reading too much into things was really a double-edged sword. If doing so was an extension of a need to assert intellectual control over everything, one could conclude that one's razor-sharp analysis was a symptom of a deeper pathology. Yet, looking beyond the surface is what separate humans from the rest of creation. Humans are story-telling creatures, beings of light that gaze beyond the material veil to look at the myths pulsing beneath the Earth's skin. It was a good thing to look beyond easy appearances once in a while. Dan found that doing so was often part of his daily job as a researcher -- admittedly, something he could be doing more diligently. Then, maybe his research would actually go somewhere.

A Helioptile! Dan himself trained a Heliolisk once and was keenly aware of how the species functioned. Tricky things -- the evolutionary line had split into so many phenotypes, each optimised for a different climate, that some educated guesswork would be needed for him to figure out how he could best fight this Pokemon. In that case, it was best to go with the most versatile choice.

"Go, Harry!" A Druddigon leaped onto the floor and roared mightily, delighting in the radiant sunlight. Eager to get into the swing of things, Harry's jaw expanded fiercely and unleashed a Dragon Rage, a burst of hot breath that whirled outwards in the form of a white-blue vortex!

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/28/16, 12:12 pm
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The vortex surged towards Zea with frightening speed and connected. The Helioptile cried out a little, but he held his ground.

"Steady, Zea," Jae called encouragingly. After the Druddigon's initial assault, the ball was in Jae's court. Without further hesitation, he defaulted back to the signature opening move that trainers from the Ironwood Gym favoured.

"Use Thunder Wave!" he commanded. A cracking arc of energy gathered between Zea's claws, and it swiftly condensed into a small, dazzling ball of light. "Heliop…TILE!!!" With that, Zea launched the cracking orb towards his opponent. Once it neared the Druddigon, it would detonate in a burst of electricity, paralysing anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in the burst.

Zea used THUNDER WAVE!


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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/28/16, 01:02 pm
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Dan gritted his teeth. Harry was more of a hot-spirited battler; unlike some of Dan's craftier Pokemon, the Druddigon didn't have many tricks up his sleeve. The Thunder Wave took its effect and bound Harry's muscles tightly with constricting tendrils of electricity. Since they couldn't wish Harry's paralysis away (as some other Pokemon actually are capable of doing) they'd have to soldier on strongly.

"It's all going to be alright," Dan said soothingly but firmly, his voice strong with a solid core. The Druddigon did his best to grunt in agreement but his body buckled firmly in place. "Let's see how much damage we can do without moving!" Paralysis made physical movement difficult, but Harry's inner fire still burnt as fiercely as before. Channelling his energy into his diaphragm, Harry dropped his jaw and unleashed a Flamethrower, a sizzling burst of licking flames!

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/28/16, 06:51 pm
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The barest hint of a smile hovered over Jae's lips as the crackling orb of electricity hit its mark. Though the Thunder Wave could not completely disable an opponent, it was still a nasty debilitating effect, especially when its full effect kicked in.

Still, a Druddigon was a formidable opponent, and he proved that very point by opening his maw and unleashing a huge burst of intense flames. Eek! Zea attempted to dodge out of the way, but he was a tad too slow, and was caught in the firestorm. That was the very reason why Jae had hesitated to send out any of his steel-type Pokémon, especially Leadapple. Fortunately, Zea was still able to endure that attack. He finally rolled out of harm's way, albeit a little singed, but still able to battle on.

Though the Druddigon was resistant to Zea's strongest electric attacks, he was susceptible to something else instead. And that was what Jae would attempt to capitalise on. "Zea, up for a game of hide and seek?"

Hearing those words, Zea knew exactly what Jae needed him to do. "Helioptile~!" he replied enthusiastically, and a strong wind whipped up in the confines of the arena, kicking up a storm of sand and dust. He was in his element now, amidst the swirling, abrasive sand. It would cloak him while chipping away at his opponent bit by bit, and give him the edge he needed to prevail.

Zea used SANDSTORM!
A sandstorm kicked up! (1/5)


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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/28/16, 11:58 pm
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Dan's eyes sparkled with clarity even as the sandstorm kicked in. So, Jae's Helioptile was of the subspecies that flourished in the desert! Perhaps it was a trick of the light against the swirling particles but it almost seemed as though Zea faded away into the air, the outlines of his yellow body getting lost amidst the ethereal sandy wind. Still, none of this fazed Harry. Even though he might not have the same bag of spells that his fairy friends did, his scales were imbued with the toughest magic, one that gifted him with the power to strike and be sure he would hit.

Harry's Mold Breaker breaks the mold! Bypassing the evasive boost that the Sandstorm gave his opponent, Harry swerved and swung his claws forwards, slicing through the air with a huge Dragon Claw!

"I see what you're doing, Jae, and it's quite good!" Dan called encouragingly, smiling a bit as he realised he was up against an opponent who definitely knew what he was doing. This would be fun!

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/30/16, 09:58 pm
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Despite Dan's encouragement, Jae knew that his situation was in fact not good. Completely unfazed by the swirling sandstorm, the Druddigon had tracked Zea's evasive manoeuvres perfectly, striking with power and accuracy.

That opening tactic was the Helioptile's pride and joy, and to have the gambit fail was demoralising for him. Furthermore, Zea had already taken several hits, and it wasn't likely that he could make much progress before he was knocked out.

"Could be better though," Jae replied with a little laugh. "The first casualty is always the plan," he continued, "and I'lll need a better one to keep up with you."

Readying a second Pokéball, Jae called out to the tired Zea. "Let's switch things up a little. Use Volt Switch!"

A cracking orb of electricity manifested before Zea's outstretched arms, growing quickly in size until it was even larger than the Helioptile. With a hiss, he spun around and hurled the orb at his opponent. It wasn't meant to do much damage. Rather, the dazzling flare was meant as a distraction and a way to safely switch out of the battle.

With practiced ease, Jae recalled the Helioptile, and tossed the Pokéball in his other hand. "Be careful, Bangtan," he said, as the Lucario appeared before him on the arena. "We've got a tough opponent today." Bangtan gave the barest hint of a nod and settled into a defensive posture, his tough armour shielding him from the abrasive sand. Jae would have to watch out for the Druddigon's fire-based attacks, but at least Bangtan was able to dish out more damage than Zea.

Zea used VOLT SWITCH!
Zea switched out. Bangtan switched in.
The sandstorm rages. (2/5)


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Daniel Gaitley
 Posted: 12/30/16, 10:41 pm
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The Volt Switch didn't do much but buzz against Harry's skin for a mild annoyance, but it did bring out a fresh and speedy replacement. Harry snarled as the sandstorm buffeted his leathery hide, seeping into the crevices between his scales and hurting him in those soft deeper places. This was bad. He could feel the Thunder Wave spreading, numbing his limbs and freezing him to the ground. Dan, too, recognised their dire straits, and showed the smallest sign of apprehension as his lower lip shifted slightly.

"Go for another Flamethrower!" Dan roared, and Harry followed up by extending his jaw enormously, but all that he emitted was a small cloud of poorly compressed fire as electricity clamped his flame sac down. After trying to right himself since his outstretched head threw his body off balance, Harry just collapsed awkwardly onto the sandy ground. Dan's eyebrows furrowed, his gaze hardening.

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 12/31/16, 08:10 am
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A stroke of luck: the Druddigon was abruptly immobilsed right before it could unleash its fiery attack, and it collapsed onto the arena floor. That was an opening that Jae could capitalise on. Zea had done a good job hindering the dragon Pokémon with debilitating effects and the raging sandstorm, so it was now up to Bangtan to strike while they had the chance.

"Bangtan, use Dragon Pulse!"

Putting his hands together, Bangtan focused energy between his palms. A small, glowing turquoise orb began to form, spinning faster and faster as the Lucario gathered more and more energy. Finally, he thrust his arms forward, and the ball of energy tore through the air with blazing speed towards its intended target.

Bangtan used DRAGON PULSE!
The sandstorm rages. (3/5)


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 Posted: 1/3/17, 06:45 am
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The sound of Bangtan's Dragon Pulse crashing into Harry's chest clanged throughout the arena, but the Druddigon was not down for the count yet. Weakened but hanging on by a thread, Harry stood his ground against the whirling sandstorm and tried another Flamethrower. He succeeded this time, releasing an explosive jet of flame that burst into a formidable explosion once it made contact with something that Harry couldn't quite see behind the brown mist.

Even though Harry was putting up a valiant fight, Dan's mind was already planning out the rest of the battle. This Lucario was a strong Pokemon, able to fight in a sandstorm without being hindered by its abrasive force... One such Pokemon on Dan's team enjoyed that advantage too. But for now, Dan was going to lead with his dragon.

"Excellent work, Harry!" Dan called out confidently.

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Youngjae Hyun
 Posted: 1/4/17, 11:29 am
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The inevitable finally happened as the Druddigon maw opened and released a searing jet of flame. Alarmed, Bangtan flung himself off to the side, but he was a tad too slow and the flames enveloped him. Gritting his teeth, he did his best to endure the intense heat. As the flames subsided, he picked himself up, noticeable worn out but still having quite a bit of fight in him.

It felt like a war of attrition of sorts, with both Pokémon exploiting each others' weaknesses while trying to outlast their opponent. And even if Bangtan managed to prevail, Jae was worried that he might not last long against Dan's next Pokémon. He would need to continue to keep up the pressure, but at the same time plan a few steps ahead.

"Bangtan, use Drain Punch!"

The Lucario complied immediately, swiftly rushing forth into melee range. Once he was close enough, he pulled back one of his arms, as green energy swirled around the balled fist. With a roar, Bangtan aimed for the Druddigon and struck. Granted, this move was less effective than the Dragon Pulse he had used earlier, but should this attack connect, its invigourating effect would help Bangtan stay on his feet longer.

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