Join Date: Mar 2011
You have to get good and lost to find places which cannot be found
Chapter 16: The Reconstruction Era Part 2 - Facing the Inferno
I woke up again with the damp feeling of being covered in dew.
I really need to start sleeping in my sleeping bag. I thought to myself as I sat up. I unattached my belt and peered into the Pokeballs hanging off of it. A dark feeling welled up in my chest as I thought of what Mr. Stone said. I was not blessed like other trainers, I was cursed. Strong trainers will expect me to be a soldier, not a trainer.
I refuse to be ruthless, I refuse to be cold... like my father. I will stand out amongst the other who are like me. I will endure and keep my heart. I spat on the ground in an act of defiance and in an act of forming a pact. I quickly stood up and rebuckled my belt. I had a date with the devil on the top of Mt. Chimmney. I unfolded my bicycle and bolted off through the Rusturf Tunnel.
I arrived at the cable car to Mt. Chimmney feeling far my confident than ever. Troll had finally evovled into Vigoroth, and now good fend for himself. Ragnarok was as strong as ever, and Nimbus was getting better. But my biggest worry was Radar. He was still weak, and we hadnt even really bonded since I met him. But now was not the time to worry, I could hear the sounds of Magma-Aqua battles from the top of the mountain, and now it was my time to join.
I took the cable car up and eventually reached the summit. The road down the mountain was blocked by dualing grunts, but they wer of no concern to me, I only wanted to defeat Magma. I sprinted up the slight slope to the rim of the volcano to find a warzone. Magmas and Aquas tearing at each other, even Archi was surrounded. In the confusion I snuck through almost undetected, having to stop only twice to defeat two Magma Grunts and Tabitha, the Magma Admin. Finally I reached the man in charge.
He was a tall, pale, red-headed man, and he stood beside an odd machine. "All I have to do is place this meteorite in and click this button and we shall awaken that thing." He said icily to himself.
"Not so fast!!" I called. "You'll have to get through me first!"
"Wh-?" he sputtered out. "Grrrr, you dare interfere. Fine, then I, Maxie, leader of Team Magma, shall destroy you! Go Mightyena!"
"Go Ragnarok!!" I shouted, and the two Pokemon squared up. The first two rounds were quick. Mightyena was demolished by Ragnarok's powerful Double kicks. And Camerupt faced a similar fate, though not after leaving a mark with a powerful Magnitude.
"Bah, fine Zubat!!" Maxie shouted in anger as his small bat Pokemon appeared.
I knew this Zubat was far stronger than Radar, and I feared a Wing Attack doing critical damage on Ragnarok. "Alright Ragnarok, return! Go Nimbus!! Fury Attack Nimbus!!" Nimbus rushed forward, delivering trivial damage with its attack, while taking severe damage from a Wing Attack. I paniced, knowing Nimbus wouldnt survive another blow, and switched to Radar. He stood no chance. In a flash Radar was slashed by a powerful Wing Attack and fell to the ground, dead.
I went furious, and released Troll. Troll, seeing death for the first time, fed upon my anger, and we devoured the Zubat with a Strength. Maxie fled soon after, and our Mt. Chimney was saved, but not without a cost: Radar was dead. I slowly descended down the mountain to Lavaridge Town, where I burried the dead was taken away to Mt. Pyre.
I felt the ice creeping into my heart at Radar's death, and grew scared at the feeling. The town's hot springs soothed my soul, as did the kindness of an old woman, who told me that I would be a good caretaker for the baby Pokemon egg she had. I accepted her gift with grace, and then raced off to train for the gym and avenge Radar's death.
The training brought much sucess. TonyTony the Machop joined my team and later evolved into TonyTony the Machoke. Troll followed, growing just as strong. The egg hatched into a Wynaut, who was subsequentally name C'mon Bro. But there was tragedy too, Nimbus, a Pokemon with much untapped potential, fell of the rim of Mt. Chimney as well. And so another team mate was taken by Nuzlocke.
Lavaridge seemed to become my mourning and recovery spot. The hot springs and company of the wise folk in the town seemed to melt ice in my fast freezing heart, and within a few days I was ready to face the Gym.
The Gym, like all before it, loomed in front of me like a mountain. And since recent events on mountains had left me scarred, I was more scared for this battle than any before. But my team was strong and ready, and I had a plan. With a deep breath to gain my courage, I entered the fiery bowels of the gym.
The Gym Trainers were easy like most gyms, and within the hour I was facing the pedastal of the Fiery Gym Leader Flannery.
Flannery was a like many people had said, fiery, energetic, young, strong, and inexperienced. Even her Gym Leader speech gave light to her naivety. But behind that was a fierce warrior, one who I knew I had to be prepared for. We both stared each other down, and released our Pokemon.
Troll was out and ready, as was her Numel. Troll led with a strength, dealing massive damage, as she struck with a Magnitude. "Excellent attack," Flannery laughed. "I expected nothing less from the son of Norman. But I'm not done, Hyper Potion!!" And so Numel was rejouvinated, but another Strength from Troll did the job. And Numel fell.
"Alright, go Slugma!!!" Flannery called as her fire slug appeared.
This was what I had been waiting for, the perfect set-up bait. "Troll, enough, go Ragnarok!" Ragnarok appeared and landed gracefully on the field. "Bulk Up!" Ragnarok flexed as Slugma suddenly made the sun shine brightly. Another Bulk Up and Slugma filled a room with a horrid Smog. Ragnarok knew what was coming a Bulked Up without even my command, as Slugma smogged be again.
But now I knew the battle was mine. "Double Kick!!" Ragnarok sprang forward on super heightened muscles destroying Slugma with a single kick. Camerupt fell just as easily.
"I see you know what you are doing," Flannery laughed. "But this isnt over, go Torkoal!!"
"Double Kick!!" Ragnarok lunged forward delivering two mighty kicks, but Torkoal still stood.
"Body Slam!!!" Torkoal lept into the air and came down, knocking Ragnarok across the room, but all it did was damage, the Paralysis chance did not come into effect.
"Double Kick!!!" I shouted, and Ragnarok finished Torkoal with two more kicks, and victory was ours.
"Excellent. You are quite the trainer Severus," Flannery praised me. "I can tell you and your Pokemon share a deep bond, and with your... condition... that is saying something. If you are ever back in Lavaridge look me up. We can take a dip in my own hotsprings if you'd like." Flannery laughed and then jumped through one of the holes in the gym floor and vanished.
I walked somberly out of the gym. My battle was flawless, and not a single casualty was taken, and I was even asked on a date, but I was still bothered. Flannery had known about my Nuzlocker's Syndrome. Did that mean all the Gym Leaders knew? And what about other people, could they know. I left the gym with these dark thoughts on my mind when a I heard someone shout "Hey Severus!"
Ragnarok the Combusken (M)
Nature - Lonely
Level - 33
Moves - Double Kick, Peck, Ember, Bulk Up
Ability - Blaze
Opinion: The undisputed king of the team. Ragnarok is the sole survivor of the powerhouse team I had before the indcidents of Route 114. Like he was expected, Ragnarok guided my team through the dark and uncertain times of the team's Reconstruction Era. And coming out nearly soloing Flannery is just icing on the cake. The future looks bright for Ragnarok.
Troll the Vigoroth (F)
Nature - Serious
Level - 29
Moves - Strength, Cut, Rock Smash, Slack Off
Ability - Vital Spirit
Opinion: After his original HM Slave uses prior to the disasters of Route 114, Troll is now finally proving his worth. Her movepool now is clearly limited by the HMs, but Strength and Slack Off are really all she needs for now. With decent bulk, strength, and great speed she will most likely prove to be a solid member of the team for awhile to come.
TonyTony the Machoke (M)
Nature - Serious
Level - 29
Moves - Leer, Karate Chop, Revenge, Seismic Toss
Ability - Guts
Opinion: Another great find. Though I was searching for a Spoink on the Jagged Pass, TonyTony is just as good. Great attack and bulk, his only real flaws are his low speed and lack of a powerful move. But in time that will all change, and I expect him to be nearly as reliable as Ragnarok.
Inseninja the Nincada (M)
Moves- Sractch, Harden, Leech Life
Ability- Compound Eyes
Opinion: Not much, he was the first Pokemon I saw on the Route, and maybe if I need him I could evolve him into a Ninjask or a Shedinja. And with my current situation I might just do that.
Kerry the Whismer (F)
Moves- Pound, Uproar
Opinion: Kerry may have some potential, as Exploud is a decent Pokemon. With Sly's unfortunate death I thought the odds of her addition to the team would grow. But with the disasters that took so many of my team's lives, I needed someone else, and I looked towards troll to take a spot.
Flora the Oddish (F)
Nature - Mild
Lvl - 13
Moves - Absorb, Sweet Scent
Ability - Chlorophyll
Opinion: Flora may have been useful for facing Wattson, but on the whole training her would have been far too much of a challenge with not much reasonable use in sight. But with recent events that may change for Flora.
Chief the Poocheyena (M)
Nature - Hasty
Level - 13
Moves - Tackle, Howl, Sand Attack, Bite
Ability - Run Away
Opinion: Chief is just one of those Pokemon that just doesnt have any real use. Mightyena isn't that good, and training Poocheyena isn't worth it. Even in light of recent events, I probably wont use him, though the chance is still there.
Nitro the Numel
Nature - Modest
Level - 14
Moves - Growl, Tackle, Ember
Ability - Oblivious
Opinion: Nitro is in a similar boat as Chief. I just didnt see a reason to use him. Ragnarok already surves as an amazing Fire-type, and Numel just didn't have an immeditate use -- or a future use -- to invest in its training. Even now, Numel probably wont be used simply because of Ragnaroks presence. But is something tragic were to happen to Ragnarok, this guy would be first in line as his replacement.
Napoleon the Slugma (M)
Nature - Bold
Level - 15
Moves - Yawn, Smog, Ember, Rock Throw
Ability - Flame Body
Opinion: Basically Napoleon is just another Nitro-- both of whom are inferior to Ragnarok. In fact, this guy is probably behind Nitro in terms of who is more likely to be used.
Pander the Spinda
Nature - Lonely
Level - 14
Moves - Tackle, Uproar, Faint Attack
Ability - Own Tempo
Opinion: Y U NO SKARMORY???? That about sums it up don't cha think? Pander may have a vast movepool, but it is so weak offensively and defensively I wouldnt use it. The only chance it has is if all my other Pokemon were to faint. And even then, I'd use it just to catch another Pokemon. Sorry Pander.
C'mon Bro the Wynaut (M)
Nature - Bold
Level - 5
Moves - Charm, Encore, Something Else
Ability - Shadow Tag
Opinion: What can I say, it's a Wynaut. Why not put it on the team, idk, just that I really dont want a Pokemon who relies on taking damage to deal damage in Nuzlocke. Sure, in a normal run I might, but not here. There is a chance, a Wobbafett is pretty good, but for now, no.
In Memory of the Dead
Sly the Zigzagoon (M)
Lvl - 12
Nature - Calm
Moves - Growl, Tackle, Tail Whip, Headbutt
Ability - Pickup
Defeated By: A judgement error while facing May's Torkoal. He stood no chance against Torkoal's Ember.
Memorial Quote: In memory of Sly the Zigzagoon, whose cute antics could bring a smile to even the most caloused of souls. May his spirit live on to bring joy to all who need it.
Final Words: I had truly high hopes for sly. It was my own fault, and we lost a Pokemon with a lot of potentail here. Good bye, Sly.
Tasty the Dustox (M)
Lvl - 18
Nature - Rash
Moves - Tackle, Protect, Poison Sting, Confusion
Ability - Shed Skin
Defeated By: The electrifying power of Wattsons' Voltorb's Shock Wave.
Memorial Quote: In memory of Tasty the Dustox. May he forever fly higher than any bird Pokemon, and may the moon glisten upon him every night.
Final Words: I knew this was coming, but even still, it was painful, as Tasty was my first Pokemon. From the beginning I wanted a Beautifly, but I got a Dustox, and that immediately put a limit on Tasty's usefulness. He demolished Brawly, but after that he petered out, until the point he was no longer needed. In the end he paid the ultimate price trying to weaken Wattsons' team. Thank you Tasty, and Good bye.
Lancelot the Aron (M)
Lvl - 24
Nature - Rash
Moves - Headbutt, Roar, Mud-Slap, Headbutt
Ability - Sturdy
Defeated By: Wattsons' Magneton's Shock Wave and my own judgement error.
Memorial: In memory of Lancelot the Aron. May his iron will always prevail in the face of adversity.
Final Words: This loss really stung. I had really hoped this guy would become the tank of my team. He would take hits and dish them out even harder. But that dream was never realized. I am sorry Lancelot that you never saw your full potential, Good bye my friend.
Pinacolada the Lotad (F)
Moves- Astonish, Fury Swipes, Absorb, Fake Out
Ability- Rain Dish
Defeated by: The suicidal rage of a Ninja Boy's Koffing's Self-Destruct
Memorial: In the memory of Pinacolada the Lombre. May she laugh, swim, and play all day.
Final Words: This loss stung the most out of any. Pinacolada was at one point the most accomplished member of my team. Her loss came as a shock and it still stings. She was going to become another powerhouse of the team if only the fates had not been so cruel. I am going to miss you Pinacolada, thank you, and Good bye.
Radar the Zubat (M)
Nature - Serious
Level - 17
Moves - Leech Life, Supersonic, Astonish, Bite
Ability - Inner Focus
Defeated By: Maxie's Zubat's Wing Attack & my own judgement error.
Memorial: In memory of Radar the Zubat, may he traverse all the world's caves.
Final Words: I never got to know Radar. Could he have been great? Probably. Could he have patched up some of the weaknesses my team faces? Probably. I retrospec what I did was really stupid. So, I am sorry Radar. Thank you, and Good bye.
Nimbus the Swablu (M)
Nature - Quiet
Level - 21
Moves - Peck, Fury Attack, Astonish, Sing
Ability - Natural Cure
Defeated By: My own judgement error and a Vital Throw from a Makuhita.
Memorial: In memory of Nimbus the Swablu. May he fly as high as the sun a feel the warmth of every spring day.
Final Words: I feel really stupid about this one. Altaria's are good enough in-game. Swablu had potential, but I got annoyed an lazy and stupid and let it take the fall. I can't say much else except I am sorry Nimbus. Thank you, and Good bye.