Platinum Nuzlocke fanfic update (BTW I’ll try to get up an update every day, if you care) Chapter 3: A New Purpose Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide “Wow, Rogue. Seems like a lot has been happening to you lately. It’s sure a great thing Professor Rowan was there to stop you. I wouldn’t like to think what would happen if the wild Pokemon got to you…” Mother said as she cooked dinner. And you would’ve known about it if you hadn’t been watching Oprah, I thought dryly. I fingered the Poke Ball hanging at my waist. I was itching to release Piplup from its ball, but now wasn’t the time or the place. I’d have to wait till later. “Well, I suppose you’re going to go on an adventure with your Pokemon now,” Mother said sorrowfully. “It’ll be lonely around here, but I think I can manage. Who knows, maybe I’ll take a vacation. I might even see you during your journey. Just be sure to come back here every once in a while. I’d like to see the sorts of Pokemon you’ve caught.” “All right, Mom,” I said tiredly. “Now, can I--” “Oh, wait, Rogue!” Mom said. “Before you go, I’d like you to take these Running Shoes. They’ll allow you to zip around faster than you ever have before!” I mutter a quick thank you and dash out the door. And, to no one’s surprise, who is it I find waiting on Route 201? “Oh, hey, Rogue! Just the person I wanted to see,” Barry exclaimed. “I had this great idea--” Not another one of your ‘great ideas’. “See, remember that lake we always play at? Yeah, that. Everyone says there’s a Legendary Pokemon there. So, why don’t we catch that Pokemon? You know, as thanks to Professor Rowan.” “Barry…” “Okay, great! Lead the way.” I slap my forehead. Barry’s ‘great idea’ has two major flaws. One, it simply goes against the rules of my Nuzlocke run. Two, we don’t have any Poke Balls to catch the Pokemon with. But I decide to play along and watch Barry fail. I shake my head and lead the way. As we reach the entrance, I quickly scan over the sign: ‘Lake Verity: Home of the Being of Emotion, Mesprit’. “Okay, okay, okay,” Barry says. “No sweat! It’s here; the sign even says so! You and me, we’ve got nothing to fear!” Except insane criminals with rabies-infested dogs, I think. And Mesprit. It could KO both Piplup and Turtwig instantly. Right as we enter the lake, I notice something isn’t right. There’s an odd man with spiky blue hair and a gray uniform standing with his hands crossed behind his back, examining the lake. I listen to his strange one-sided conversation: “The flowing time…the expanding space…I will make it mine one day. All mine…remember my words, Mesprit. Sleep while you can.” And with that, he turns away and sees us. I expect him to go all berserk on us, but instead, he simply looks amused. “Excuse me, children,” he says dismissively. “Step aside.” Perplexed, we both do as the odd man says. He leaves without another word. Barry doesn’t even seem fazed by the disturbing occurrence. Kawayoo! Barry does his little trademark dance. “Oooh, now’s our chance! That had to be the Legendary Pokemon! Let’s go catch it!” A look of disappointment crosses his face as he realizes the flaw in his plan. “Oh, come on!” he says. “We don’t have any! You know, P-O-K-accent-E Balls!” Well, you don’t have to spell it out for me. “How’re we supposed to thank Professor Rowan now?” he asks. Then he shrugs. “Oh, well, we can still go there anyway. I bet he’d give us some Poke Balls if we asked him. Last one to Sandgem Town rules!” So you’re not going to thank him, you’re going to ask him for more, I think. Typical Barry. Without another word I leave Verity Lakefront, Barry far ahead of me. I’m still wondering what the man meant. The flowing time…the expanding space… What did it mean? And how did it involve Mesprit? I shrug. It doesn’t affect me, so I don’t let it bother me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I head out onto Route 201, and I take my first step into the tall grass. I take out my Poke Ball, and I feel a rush of adrenaline flow through me. I press the button and throw it up into the air. “Go, Piplup!” And with a flash, my new friend appears. “Pipii! Piplup, pip!” It looks at me expectantly, as if it wants something. It seems to be saying, Is there food involved? If there isn’t, I don’t care. I roll my eyes. “Piplup,” I say authoritatively, “We’re going out into the tall grass. I need you to fight off any wild Pokemon for me, okay?” Piplup looks at me irritatedly. Oh, fine, if you insist. I’ll just whup these chumps quick and get home. There will be food later, right? I take my first step into the tall grass, and almost immediately, a wild Starly appears. “Piplup, go!” I order. “Pound attack!” Piplup waddles over to the Starly and begins smacking it before it even has a chance to attack. With a cry, the Starly fades into oblivion. I look at Piplup. “Nice work,” I say, impressed. Yeah, well, whatever. Can I have my food now?[/I ]My Piplup seems to have quite the appetite. Fortunately for me, Berries are quite abundant in Sinnoh, and as such I can make several Poffins using Berries that won’t do me any good over the course of my run. That should be enough to sate Piplup’s hunger, and in the process prep it for Contests, should I ever feel the need to participate. Before long, we’ve reached Sandgem Town and Piplup seems stronger already. It has a tough glint in its eye, as if it feels like it can take down any opponent. I soon notice Dawn standing in front of the laboratory, who waves at me and motions for me to come over to her. “Hey, Rogue,” she says. “The professor is looking for you. Let’s go inside.” Right on cue, Barry slams the door open and rams right into us. “Oh, hey, Rogue!” he says, not even noticing Dawn. “That old guy isn’t as scary as he seems! And I got my Poke Balls, so I’m outta here! Expect to see me at the League!” And he dashes away without another word. Dawn looks at me in disgust. “Your friend seems really impatient,” she says. “How do you even tolerate him?” “I honestly don’t know,” I reply. And it’s the truth. I can barely handle his frantic nature. We go into the laboratory, and I’m instantly amazed. There are several strange machines along the walls glowing with blue light, and row after row of books lined up orderly on shelves. Only the desks are a little cluttered. “Ah, there you are, Rogue!” Professor Rowan says gruffly. “I have an important task for you. Your friend ran out before I could ask him to do the same, but you will suffice.” “Sure, anything,” I reply. “Good.“ he says. He grabs a small, red object and hands it to me. “Now, this here is a Pokedex,” he says. “It automatically records the data of any Pokemon you’ve seen, and the data is completed upon capturing the Pokemon. In essence, it’s a high-tech encyclopedia. I want you to help me with my studies by collecting information on every Pokemon in Sinnoh.” I’m not sure how to respond to that, so I simply say, “Um, sure.” “I’ve got one too!” Dawn pipes up. Professor Rowan grunts. “By the way, would you like to nickname that Piplup of yours?” As dictated by the rules of the Nuzlocke, I must nickname it. I would’ve even if I hadn’t been doing this in Nuzlocke mode. “Maelstrom,” I say firmly. “Its name is Maelstrom.” My Poke Ball shakes gently, and I know Maelstrom is pleased with its name, for it is befitting that it should be named for the raging waters it controls. “Mm,” Rowan says. “A fine name. Now, go on. No time to waste completing your Pokedex. This is a great undertaking in Pokemon history!” he declares. “Um, okay,” I say. “Uhh…thank you?” And with that, I walk out, Dawn behind me. No sooner had I closed the door than Rowan bursts out and yells, “Rogue, wait! I have something good here. You should take it.” And he hands me my first TM, TM 27: Return. A powerful move that only gets better as your Pokemon becomes more attached to you. I thank him and take it. “Okay, Rogue,” Dawn says. “Since you’re a new Trainer and I’ve had a bit of experience in the field, I’ll sort of act as your mentor, if that’s all right.” We walk over to a large building with a distinctive red roof. “This is a Pokemon Center,” Dawns explains. “You can heal your Pokemon any time you want there, and for free, too. It’s an invaluable asset to any Trainer, beginner or expert.” Next, we walk over to a slightly smaller building with a blue roof. “This is a Poke Mart. You can purchase more items the more experience you get as a Trainer. Since you’re just starting out, you won’t be able to buy many types of merchandise, but don’t let it get to you. “Well, Rogue, I’m off to Route 202,” Dawns says. “You can join me if you’d like, but I think you should tell your family that you’ll be gone for a while. Um, see you later, then.” “Yeah,” I say, and walk home, fending off wild Pokemon as I go. Maelstrom has grown stronger, and I’m quite impressed with its progress. I feel confident that with just a little more training, we’ll be ready to challenge the first Gym. I’m soon home, and Mother quickly gives Maelstrom and I a rest. “Wow,” she says. “Sounds like you’ve got a big task on your hands. But just remember that I’m backing you all the way!” Suddenly, the doorbell rings and Barry’s mom comes in, asking if we’ve seen Barry. Realizing that we haven’t, she assumes that he’s already gone on to Jubilife City and asks me to bring him a parcel. I‘d prefer not to, but it’s not much of a problem as I’m headed that way anyway. So I accept. Soon I’m back in Sandgem Town. I head out of the town and out onto Route 202, where I can catch another teammate. Dawn notices me, and waves me over. “Come on, Rogue,” she says. “I’ll show you how to catch a Pokemon. Just watch me.” In no time, Dawn has found and caught a wild Bidoof. “You should probably lower the Pokemon’s HP more than I did, but it’s okay. Here’s five Poke Balls to get you started,” she says as she hands me the Poke Balls. “Well, I guess I’ll see you later. Make sure you’re catching Pokemon for the Pokedex!” she calls as she walks away. I am now equipped with the tools to become a Pokemon Master. I have a Pokemon, a Pokedex, and some Poke Balls. All I have to do is take the first step. Pokemon: Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide Maelstrom (Piplup) Lv. 10 Torrent Rash -Pound -Growl -Bubble - Boxed: None Dead: None This was a bit lengthy, but I had a lot to cover here if I wanted to accomplish what I planned. Tomorrow will be a good one, I hope. BTW, this won’t be exactly accurate with my actual challenge, as with certain situations, such as boss battles, I may change them to make it more interesting to read. However, if a Pokemon dies, it WILL die in this.