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 [GYM] In Too Deep
Jaisen Aurelius
 Posted: 12/31/17, 05:42 pm
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Jace wasn't really sure what he was getting himself into by challenging the Plumeria Gym. He'd wanted to challenge the Hibiscus Gym but there was currently no leader there. The previous one had stepped down suddenly and left the gym scrambling to replace them. He'd left his name and number so that he could be contacted when a new leader was selected So he'd decided to go to the next closest gym and see if he could challenge that one. He wasn't sure about going up against any gym that specialized in grass types but then again he did have pokemon like Boreas and Hau who were strong against grass types. But they had a weakness to rock types. The only pokemon he had that would be on neutral ground against pretty much any pokemon they gym could throw at him were Naydra and his two Eevee. Would he use them? He hadn't decided yet. Naydra was a decent battler but he wasn't so sure about Sidon and Shiva. Still, no matter what he chose, challenging a gym was a good way to test his abilities as a trainer; and, win or lose, it would provide a valuable learning experience for him and his team.

Finding his way to the ruins was easy enough. There was a shuttle that ran from a nearby pokemon center and he could borrow a ride pokemon from there as well. Finding the gym leader was another story entirely. There were a handful of people bustling about doing whatever it was archaeologists did while they were excavating a ruin. He decided the quickest route would be to ask and approached a woman with dark hair who seemed to be overseeing something. "Excuse me? I'm looking for the gym leader here to ask about a challenge. Can you tell me where he or she is?" He questioned, unaware that the person he'd just approached was, in fact, the gym leader he was looking for.

Lysbeth Dwyer
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Lysbeth Dwyer
 Posted: 1/1/18, 06:31 am
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It was Lysbeth’s first week as official Gym Leader for the Plumeria Gym, although, not much really had changed. The only difference being that people challenged her to win a badge now. All of her other duties had seemed to stay the same and that there was a lot more toiling in the day.
She still was trying to study, excavate and learn all she could about the mysterious world of Pokémon, specifically Ancient Pokémon. Those Pokémon who had failed to survive the tides of time and evolution for some reason or another. Also, she continued to protect the ruins of the ancient civilization, the Flame Temple amongst the other buildings left buried from what could be hundreds or thousands years of time.

A swarm of other Archaeologists whom Lysbeth now could command like her own personal army surrounded a table with a large and old looking map thrown over it. Over the map lay a layer of plastic astatine which she wrote over with a marker pen. “Alright, I’ll make this quick. This is the area we shall we excavating. Square A5 all the way to B5,” with a flourish, she circled two areas on the map and then pointed. “Split up into your teams and cover the area. But please, be careful. We don’t want another pickaxe incident...” She sighed and then pointed each team away towards their designated zones.

Just as she did so – a voice that Lysbeth did not recognize spoke behind her. Turning, she caught the eye of a young man with a mop of white hair. “You’re not on my team,” was her first thought. “You’re not some new recruit? Are you,” she asked, quizzically.
It wasn’t until he asked another question, she fully understood while he was here. “Ah, a challenger for the Plumeria Gym,” she said, smirking in her usual cold fashion. “Well, I guess you could say you’re looking at the right person. I’m the Gym Leader!”
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Jaisen Aurelius
 Posted: 1/2/18, 09:48 am
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As the woman turned, Jace had to stop himself from taking a step back. Though she was shorter than he was, the look she gave him was unnerving. Had he approached the wrong person? Was he in an off-limits area and about to be scolded and escorted back to the shuttle? 'You're not on my team.' He blinked, puzzled at the comment until she spoke again. She thought he was a new recruit and wasn't sure what to do with him, apparently. "No. I'm not an archaeologist. Just a trainer looking for the gym leader." While it was true he loved ancient history and ruins (and had every intention of poking around in these ruins after his battle) he didn't want to pursue it as any sort of a career. He enjoyed it as more of a hobby than anything else.

The smirk she sent him as she answered his first question did actually make him take a step back. She was the gym leader? Wasn't he supposed to find like...an intern or someone who would make an appointment or however that worked here in Eden? Back home in Kalos you just showed up and battled but he has thought things worked differently here. Still, it would be dumb to walk away so he gave the gym leader a respectful nod. "Well, as I said I was hoping to challenge the gym. I'll admit I'm not sure how all of this is supposed to work though. When I talked to the people at the Hibiscus Gym they said I'd need to make an appointment for a battle once they found a new gym leader. Is it the same here? Or...well....if you've got the time do we just battle now?" Since she was there and seemed to have just finished sending teams off to do things maybe she had time for a battle. If not, he supposed he'd just have to make his appointment and come back later.

Lysbeth Dwyer
(Don't forget to tag me in your posts so I don't miss them~ I know the site's a bit slow but if it picks up our battle might get buried and I might not see it for awhile. Besides, having the notifications is helpful for remembering if I've replied or not. ;D)
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Lysbeth Dwyer
 Posted: 1/2/18, 05:20 pm
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“I’m the Gym Leader you’re searching for. Lysbeth Dwyer, at your service.” Lysbeth smirked a cold, wide grin, once again as the boy asked a question. “I don’t have time for all that bureaucracy and hand holding. Although, if you want to battle me. I will be more than happy to oblige. Just give me one second.”

With one movement, Lysbeth reached into the mob of avid archaeologists in deep conversation around the table and plucked out her young assistant. As she did so, a stack of paper that Verity had been carrying slipped from her arms and scattered across the ground. Ignoring this, Lysbeth simply said, “Verity, I’ll be needing you. Come along.” The bright-eyed Verity looked quizzically from the boy to Lysbeth. “You too, challenger-boy,” Lysbeth said, leading their ragtag trio forward, leading them away from the tent of archaeologists back towards the towering ruins.

As Lysbeth walked, she couldn’t help but rub her hands together with great delight. While Verity merely walked alongside the young boy giving him shy looks and the occasional kind smile. “My gym is just around the corner. Near the back of the ruins. It used to be part of the ruins itself but it was excavated heavily and re-purposed into the gym at least two leaders ago. While I have slightly upgraded – it slightly myself,” and with that statement said, Lysbeth led them into a cordoned off area.

Jaisen Aurelius
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Jaisen Aurelius
 Posted: 1/5/18, 11:59 am
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It seemed he wasn't going to have to wait. The gym leader was fine with accepting his challenge right then and there. She seemed to pluck an unsuspecting underling from thin air, causing papers to drop all over the place, and insisted that she would be 'needing' the young woman. Jace wasn't sure why but he wasn't going to complain. She was probably just going to oversee the battle and make sure no one was cheating or something. It was an official league battle after all, maybe it was a requirement or something. "My name is Jace. Not Challenger-boy." He stated, scowling slightly as she led them away from the archaeologist camp and toward the ruins. The other woman, Verity, kept glancing at him and he wasn't sure why; so, aside from returning one of her smiles in the hopes she'd stop, he didn't pay much attention to her.

As she spoke about the gym, Jace felt a thrill of excitement. The arena was actually part of the ruins? He wondered what kind of strings the League had needed to pull to get whatever historical groups might have protested such a development to agree. And what sort of modifications had been made to ensure the rest of the unexplored ruins weren't damaged by the battles that would take place there. Despite being nervous about the battle itself, he was eager to see the gym.

Lysbeth Dwyer

(Sorry that's a bit short. I wasn't sure what more to add, lol.)
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Lysbeth Dwyer
 Posted: 1/6/18, 05:56 pm
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“Right, right, Jace… Challenger-boy. It’s pretty much the same, right?” Lysbeth had so far been attempting to be polite enough as a Gym Leader should, although it did prove harder than she had expected it to be. She, however, would try her best, however painful it may prove. “Anyway… we are here,” They all stopped in front of two great doors which closed off entry to the gym and to the ruins themselves.

“Welcome challenger to the Plumeria Gym,” Lysbeth exclaimed, throwing her arms out in welcome. The ruins doors opened wide to reveal an expansive room before them. Ancient looking stone columns stood in rows at each side of the arena. The room was lit up by similarly ancient looking candelabras which rocked on chains.

“Verity. Do the thing,” she exclaimed. Verity jumped at the sound of her own name. She quickly nodded and without speaking further, moved forward to press her hand against a panel on the wall.
Without any delay, many things happened at once. With a great movement, two halves of a battlefield moved from each side of the room before connecting together. This arena consisted of a mix of vibrant green forest, a thick stretch of meadow combined with a mountainside peak. To complete the scene, a circle of dinosaur-like spines shaped plates of steel began to rise up to enclose the battlefield. “To protect the ancient ruins below, we added a new floor and the plates to protect the walls. The key is to protect the ruins at all cost, I wouldn’t want any damage even for the expense of a battle,” Lysbeth explained, moving around to take her position on one side of the area.

Verity moved too, although she did try to usher Jace to his rightful position as she did so. As soon as she had done so, Verity took her own position was on the sidelines to act as referee. “The following will be a three-v-three Pokémon battle between the Plumeria Gym Leader, Lysbeth Dwyer, and challenger, Jace. There will be no time limit and only the challenger may exchange Pokémon at any time.” Her voice sounded monotone as she spoke as if she was attempting to remember the speech off by heart. “Are you ready, Jace?” Lysbeth asked in a way, she hoped seemed kind and understanding.

Jaisen Aurelius
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Jaisen Aurelius
 Posted: 1/8/18, 06:22 pm
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"No. It's not the same and I'd appreciate it if you called me by my name and not just whatever you feel like." Jace was generally an easygoing person but not bothering to learn someone's name or just calling them some variation of 'hey you' was disrespectful and rude. It didn't take much effort to ask someone what their name was, after all. Besides, his name was really not that hard to learn or pronounce. It occurred to him that she might just call everyone that to see how they reacted. If it seemed to bother them she might use it to distract them and make them make mistakes during battles. If that was the case, Jace knew he would have to ignore it and focus on what they were doing. It was unlikely that he'd ever meet Lysbeth outside of this gym battle anyway so what was the point in getting all worked up over it?

Lost in though as he was, it took him a moment to register what lay beyond the now opened double doors. It looked about like the inside of any other ruin he'd see. The only real difference was the candelabras that hung from chains overhead. Usually metals like that rusted away over time and these, though ancient looking, were in good shape. Whether they were replicas or had simply managed to withstand the press of time he couldn't say. He hadn't noticed the panel on the wall until the girl, Verity, was tasked with 'doing the thing' and pressed her hand to it. He watched, fascinated, as the room before them transformed from what could have been any ancient room to a proper battlefield. While he understood the need to protect the ruins (he'd wondered about it not long ago, after all) he wasn't sure he would have gone quite as far as Lysbeth had to 'protect' the ruins. How much of them had been damaged in order to get all the mechanical things in place? The battlefield was impressive, however, and would prove an interesting challenge with the different terrain and such.

As Lysbeth moved to her side of the arena, Jace allowed himself to be ushered forward toward his spot before Verity moved to a point on the sidelines. He gave a thoughtful hum at the rule that only the challenger could switch pokemon whenever they wanted. That meant he could draw out a particular type by using a pokemon weak to it and then swap for a stronger one. He wondered if that was something unique to this gym or if all of them were like that. Not that it mattered, really. He wasn't planning on challenging all of the gyms or anything like that. Lysbeth asked if he was ready and he took a breath. Was he ready? No. But he couldn't back down now. He just had to go with it. He lifted a pokeball from it's clip and pressed the release. "Taggerung and I are as ready as we'll ever be. Bring it on." He said as a blue and white Oshawott appeared on the field. Tagg scanned the field, gaze taking in the environment and and searching for an opponent. There was none to be found so far but he knew a battle was going to take place and he was ready for it.

Jace sent out Taggerung!

Lysbeth Dwyer
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