IC - Jackson Sang - Driftveil City: "Sang and Trace," the freelancer replied dismissively, putting a hand to his chin as he looked in both directions that Ratchet had indicated. By now, Tracer--having adopted a palette-swapped version of Sang as his appearance, with hunter green hair and eyes as well as a white trench coat--had reappeared at his trainer's side, the human-shaped Ditto smirking at Jackson's perplexed expression.
"Hm... So, this is a lot farther away from where we wanted to go than I had initially thought..." Sang sighed, looking back at Ratchet. "I don't suppose you know where we might find a professor something-or-other in Unova? Famous for her dream machines or something like that?"
IC - Gavin Braner - Abyss, Pokémon Center: Abyss' Pokémon Center was all but empty when Gavin arrived. The receptionist was not present at the counter, and instead lounged in an employee-only room behind the reception area. Another Rocket Agent stood at one of several transfer consoles on the right side of the room, deliberating over which Pokémon to transfer out of and into his team. Gavin ignored all of this, going instead up a nearby stairwell and into a circular room. Stationed around this section of the Pokémon Center were several elaborate machines, designed to "officially" transfer ownership of Pokémon between different trainers.
As he approached the nearest one, bouncing a Poké Ball in his hand with each step, Gavin considered whether or not he really wanted to use it. Kadabra, he knew, were capable of evolving via exposure to the strange energy that the Trading Machines emitted during a transfer. As such, it was possible for him to stage a trade and use the machine to induce an evolution. The side-effects of this system had been found to be minimal, if not nonexistent--it wouldn't hurt Talsim one way or another if he decided to use it. Still, the idea had never sat well with him... but if they were facing stronger threats again, like Wrath...
Do not worry, Talsim telepathically told him. I am ready for this.
Gavin glanced down at the Poké Ball. After a moment, he nodded, carefully placing the container into the machine, along with Dothe's. Activating it, he watched as the two Poké Balls were pulled into the machine, swapped places and ejected back into the opposite trays. Talsim's glowed with pinkish-white light as Gavin moved to pick it up...
The newly-evolved, bipedal Psychic-Type walked alongside Gavin as they left the Pokémon Center, maneuvering through the halls in search of one of Abyss' side-exits. It did not take long to find one. Passing through the doorway, they emerged onto a rocky hill that led to an area above the Dragon's Den. Having never spent much time in Abyss, or in the area around the base, this surprised Gavin at first, though on further consideration, he realized that a tunnel from the Rocket main base to this area was actually a fairly useful tool. After all, from what he had heard about the Dragon's Den, one could easily strengthen their team by coming here. It was certainly a welcome change in plans, given that his only other options for training were whatever Water-Types happened to inhabit the Lake of Rage and the miscellaneous Pokémon in the surrounding forest.
That, and there were bound to be some powerful Pokémon to consider capturing.
The two scoured the area for some time, the setting sun casting a dull, reddish light over the rocks and dirt paths. Activity was relatively low: Save for a number of Zubat, and their accompanying evolutions, that were beginning to awaken for the coming night, few Pokémon stirred, and none of them were of a type that Gavin was interested in acquiring. Strange, considering that Ghosts- and Dark-Types, in particular, tended to be nocturnal.
The Rocket agent sighed, seriously reconsidering his earlier evaluation of the area. Got any ideas, Tal?
The Alakazam picked up on the thought, shaking his head. Perhaps it would be best to move elsewhere? the Psychic-Type suggested. There are a number of Psychic-Types in the forest south of the lake. Unless you are willing to settle for a new type for once, I get the impression that we will be hard-pressed to locate anything of interest here.
Hm... Gavin frowned, opening his Poké Gear. He opened up the Rocket database, searching through it for a list of Pokémon known to inhabit the Dragon's Den and the area surrounding it. Of particular interest to him was the reported--though rare--sighting of Deino, a Dragon-Dark-Type Pokémon that had originated in Unova and moved to this area in recent years. Other Pokémon of personal interest included Natu, Girafarig, Vullaby, Carvahna, and Murkrow.
"Alright, well, let's stick around for a little while longer," Gavin said after a moment, pocketing the device. "If we're lucky, we might find something. Otherwise, we'll check elsewhere." Talsim nodded. Turning ahead, Gavin took another step forward, and then stopped again, an idea coming to mind. Grabbing Kora's Poké Ball from his belt, he tossed it into the air, releasing the Poochyena onto the path. The Dark-Type barked, staring up at her trainer affectionately. "Kora, see if you can't sniff out any other Dark-Types around here."
Growling in affirmation, they moved on.
Kora stopped in front of a small cave. It was pitch black, too dark for Gavin to see more than a foot or so inside. Nonetheless, Kora's steady growling and focused gaze indicated that she had found something. Gavin stepped back, reaching into his bag for something that could be used to draw out the Pokémon; however, Kora, with a bark of excitement, took off, charging into the dark cave before her trainer could react.
"Kora!" Gavin yelled, moving forward. He had barely taken two steps before he heard an angry caw, followed by a yelp of pain and the scurrying of clawed feet against stone. The Poochyena reemerged, skidding to a stop several yards from the cave entrance and turning to face her attacker. Moments later, a round bird Pokémon appeared, adorned with bone-line decorations. From his earlier search on the Poké Gear, Gavin knew this to be a Vullaby--one that appeared quite irritated at having been disturbed, as well as injured, judging from a wound on its wing.
Perfect. "Good job, Kora," Gavin said to his Pokémon. "You wanna take her on?" The hound barked in challenge, glaring down the Flying-Type. Gavin nodded. "All right. Let's start off with Ice Fang."
The Poochyena did not hesitate, immediately charging forward. Her breath turned frosty with the movements of her feet, teeth glinting like ice as she leaped at the Vullaby. Kora managed to catch the Flying-Type's wing in her jaw, creating a thin coat of ice around her feathers. The Vullaby cawed, spinning around, and sent a sharp gust of air at Kora's side--an Air Slash attack, which managed to dislodge her assailant. Kora was knocked back, staggering to her feet, though still proud of her own successful attack.
"You alright, Kor?" Gavin asked. The Poochyena nodded. "Good! Use Howl, and then Ice Fang again!"
Kora lifted her head, letting a slow, wolf-like howl sound from her chest. The noise invigorated her, temporarily raising her attack power. She prepared to attack with Ice Fang again, though had to dodge out of the way as the Vullaby swept her wings again, launching another series of Air Slashes at the Poochyena. The Flying-Type's movements were much quicker now than they had been before, much to Gavin's curiosity. He made a mental note to look into this if he managed to catch her.
Having avoided injury, Kora ran toward the Diapered Pokémon, baring her teeth again. The enemy Vullaby prepared to dodge out of the way, kicking off from where she stood and barely missing Kora's lunge. The Poochyena was not deterred. As soon as her feet touched ground again, she turned, pressing off in the direction of the Vullaby. They fell into a tangled roll, both landing with notable force against the ground. When at last they came to a stop, both Dark-Types were on the verge of fainting--both from damage and from dizziness.
Gavin quickly recalled Kora to her Poké Ball. In the same motion, he hurled a Dusk Ball at the Vullaby, watching intently as the Flying-Type was pulled into the container. It shook several times, center light blinking with each movement, before coming to a standstill with a final ding. Gavin approached the ball, picking it up carefully and spinning it in his palm, turning to Talsim.
Mission accomplished? he asked. The Alakazam smiled. Let's get back to Abyss, shall we?
[color=#b22222;][/color]Species: Alakazam.Nickname: Talsim.Trainer: Gavin Braner.Appearance: A normal looking Alakazam, characterized by his scarlet aura.Personality: Talsim's final evolution has greatly enhanced his mental capabilities, pushing them even further than they were before. Retaining his calm demeanor, Talsim continues to perfect his tactical abilities, acting as an assistant in directing Gavin's other Pokémon and--when needed--demonstrating his own battle prowess. His psychic powers grant Talsim a certain degree of omniscience in regards to what is occurring in a certain range around him.[color=#b22222;]Ability: Magic Guard.Specialty: Talsim's greatest strengths lie in Special Attacks and Special Defense, as well as in Speed--two assets that are greatly enhanced, in turn, by his shockingly accurate and finely-tuned Teleport attack. Though still lacking in physical attacks and defense, Talsim more than makes up for it in his proficiency with his other skills.[/color][color=#b22222;]Known Moves: Teleport, Psychic, Thunder Wave, Recover, Disable, Psybeam.[/color]
Thunder Punch upgraded to Thunder Wave.
Confusion upgraded to Psybeam.
[color=#b22222;][color=#b22222;][/color][/color]Species: Vullaby.Nickname: Vel.Trainer: Gavin Braner.Appearance: Standard Vullaby.Personality: Vel is, for the most part, a calm Pokémon--unless she is injured or otherwise severely stressed, she is capable of maintaining an impressive cool about herself in the face of troubling circumstances. Noticeably patient and clever, her general personality is one of technician versus performance--she prefers to wait out problems and use situations to her advantage, as opposed to getting directly involved and attempting to speed up the process of whatever is occurring.[color=#b22222;]Ability: Weak Armor.Specialty: Vel's specialties lie in her defensive abilities. Those, coupled with her support capabilities and fairly impressive speed, generally allow her to outlast her opponents, causing them to wear themselves down with minimal effort on Vel's part. [/color][color=#b22222;]Known Moves: Flatter, Defog, Tailwind, Feint Attack, Air Slash, Scary Face (EM.)[/color]
[color=#b22222;][color=#b22222;]+1 EXP for Vel (1)[/color][/color]
[color=#b22222;][color=#b22222;]+1 EXP for Kora (3)[/color][/color]