Thank you, Mawile XD. Glad to see you back. Now, on to the rest of Chapter One.
Agate Village wasn't far from the Lab, and as a result Rich and Anabel arrived there quickly. The village was built into the side of a mountain and ringed by a river that started from a huge waterfall on the east side, flowed around, and then headed up north towards the Northwest Orre Ranch. Several other smaller waterfalls flowed through the quaint, verdant town. At the top was a large house built out of an old tree, below it several paths with buildings made of gray stone.
Rich and Anabel parked the scooter, got off, and walked calmly down the wooden path crossing the river and up the hill at the entrance.
"So this is Agate Village," Anabel said as she looked around. "What a lovely place!"
"Indeed it is," Rich replied as he read through the travel booklet. "Agate Village: A quiet town built in the wooded area to the northwest of the Orre Desert. Known widely as the home of many retired trainers and also the location of the legendary Relic Stone, an artifact said to be imbued with Celebi's time traveling powers."
"A retirement village? Y'know, I wouldn't mind living here when we get that old."
"Me neither. Now, we've got to look for Eagun....."
"You children are looking to meet Eagun?"
An old man shuffled up to them.
"Yes. Do you know where he is?" Rich asked.
"Why, of course. Eagun lives up in the house at the top of the village. The one built out of the great tree."
"Thank you. Come on, Rich."
Rich and Anabel walked up the steep paths around the village on their way up to Eagun's home. By the time they reached the front door of his house, they were exhausted.
"Whew........" Rich gasped. "How do you think they walk up those paths?! We're sixty years younger than most of them and we're tired from it!"
"I don't know. But we're here, so.....we're here, I guess."
Anabel rang the doorbell on the house. Soon, an old woman in a gray shirt with her hair in a net answered.
"Hello, there. Is there something I can do for you?"
"We were told to come to this house. We're looking for a man named Eagun."
"Oh! You must be Rich and Anabel, the visitors Prof. Krane contacted us about. Come in."
The old woman let Rich and Anabel in, then closed the door. She took them into the kitchen of the house and sat down in a wooden chair.
"My name is Beluh. I'm Eagun's wife. He's just upstairs writing in his journal about his adventures with his Pikachu, so he'll be down soon."
Almost as if on cue, an old man with long white hair and a long white beard clad in a blue robe rushed down the stairs and into the kitchen.
"Beluh! Have the guests arrived.......huh?"
"Yes, dear, they have. Rich and Anabel just arrived a moment ago."
Eagun calmed down and sat in a chair opposite Beluh.
"Well then, I guess we can get right down to business. You saw Shadow Pokémon near Gateon Port?"
"That's right. Anabel and I were riding to the Pokémon HQ Lab from Gateon when we saw them."
"What a sad world this is, that Shadow Pokémon have appeared yet again. Let me explain how I can help you. In this village there is an artifact called the Relic Stone that is in my care. When a Shadow Pokémon is purified enough, the power in the Relic Stone can break the final lock on that Pokémon's heart and complete the purification process......"
Suddenly, a man dressed like a farmer rushed in through the front door.
"Eagun! Eagun, sir, there's trouble! Some outsiders shoved me down and went into the Relic Forest!"
"WHAT?!! Oh, forget the details! It can wait!"
Eagun rushed out, but the man stayed and turned around to face Rich, Anabel and Beluh.
"Heheheh. What a fool. The Admin in charge of our squad will deal with him. As for you three, you can't go anywhere after seeing me!"
The farmer spun around and turned into another armored thug.
Pkmn Trainer Rich ---vs.--- Spy Royce
"Heheheh. Here we go! Go, Venonat and Yanma!"
"Bah, this won't be hard. Go, Blaziken and Tyranitar!"
After Rich sent his Pokémon out, the Aura Reader activated and showed a black aura around Yanma.
"A Shadow Yanma........fine! Blaziken, Flamethrower!"
Blaziken reared back and blew a stream of fire at Venonat.
"Venonat, dodge and use Signal Beam!"
Venonat jumped out of the way of the Flamethrower and fired a multicolored beam at Tyranitar, causing some damage.
"Yanma, Shadow Rush!"
Yanma became surrounded with the shadowy aura and crashed into Blaziken at high speed, doing light damage.
"Tyranitar, he can't dodge another one! Fire Blast!"
Tyranitar aimed and blasted a large fireball at Venonat. This time the Bug Pokémon couldn't dodge, took critical damage, and fainted.
"Venonat! Awwww......Venonat, return. Go, Beautifly! Yanma, Shadow Mist!"
Yanma flapped its wings at high speed, casting a dark cloud towards Rich's team. This cloud muddled up the movement of Blaziken and Tyranitar.
"Blaziken, rid me of that Beautifly so I can focus on Yanma. Blaze Kick!"
Blaziken lept into the air. As it hit the peak of its jump, a fireball formed around its foot---then it smashed down onto Beautifly and knocked it out.
"Tyranitar, use Shock Wave!"
Tyranitar sent a small pulse of electricity at Yanma. It hit and caused high damage.
Yanma again surrounded itself with the shadowy aura and tackled Blaziken.
"Blaziken, use Brick Break! That should be enough!"
Blaziken reared back, then lunged at Yanma and hit it with its claws. Yanma didn't get injured much by this attack, but Rich seemed to be intending for that.
"That'll do! Snag Ball, go!"
Rich took a Poké Ball and threw it using the Snag Machine. The ball snatched up Yanma, fell to the floor, and began shaking.
After a few moments, it stopped shaking and pinged. Rich had Snagged Yanma.
"My bugs got stomped~~"
Royce ran off, leaving Rich, Anabel and Beluh.
"What a joke," Rich laughed. "That guy was easy."
"You're impressive," Beluh commented. "I'm concerned about my husband though. In his day he was called the greatest trainer, and he still thinks he is today. It seems that the Relic Forest might have been a trap. Please, go there and find him."
"Where is it?"
"Anabel, it is through a cave in the center of the village. Go down the hill next to the Pokémon Center to find it."
Rich and Anabel nodded, then rushed out. They ran down the paths to the Pokémon Center, then found the path leading to the cave. They followed it......and at the other side of the cave, there was a small forest. The trees were spaced just right for letting in enough sunlight, and a small river flowed through the area. In the middle, just ahead of Rich and Anabel on the stone path, was a pillar of rock with curved segments. Eagun was here, as was a female spy and a red-haired woman dressed in a purple and red one piece swimsuit.
"Get out of our Relic Forest!" Eagun shouted. "Or I'll be forced to kick you out myself!"
"You just can't get it through that old skull of yours, can you?" the woman shot back. "The leader of Enigma Shadow has ordered me, Vivian, to destroy the Relic Stone. I have no mercy for anyone who dares oppose us, even if it's a senior citizen like you!"
Myth Trainer Eagun ---vs.--- Shadow Admin Vivian
[Vivian backflips over once, then steps forward and sends out a Quagsire]
"Off we go, Pikachu! Our first battle in a long time!"
Eagun threw a Poké Ball to send out his only Pokémon, Pikachu.
"Pikachu, use Slam!"
Pikachu rushed forward and slammed Quagsire with its tail. Quagsire took some damage from the hit.
"Hah, this isn't even funny. Quagsire, Earthquake!"
Quagsire jumped and stomped the ground, creating a shock wave. It hit Pikachu and instantly knocked it out.
"Hahahahah! Now how will you stop me?"
"Fufufu......yes, I told you not to interfere. Your Pokémon has paid the price for your foolishness."
"Pikachu, my friend! Are you alright?"
Rich and Anabel shoved past the peon to confront Vivian.
"What do you think you're doing? Get out of here!"
"Rich and Anabel, what a surprise. Bella, what were you doing? Get rid of these fools!"
"Yes, lady Vivian! Right away!"
Pkmn Trainer Rich ---vs.--- Shadow Peon Bella
"I won't disappoint you, lady Vivian! Go, Ponyta and Loudred!"
"This shouldn't take too long. Go, Milotic and Blaziken!"
Just as Rich sent out his Pokémon, the Aura Reader activated and revealed Loudred as a Shadow Pokémon.
"Shadow Loudred. Blaziken, use Blaze Kick on it!"
Blaziken rushed forth and smashed into Loudred with a fiery kick.
"Ponyta, hit back with Bounce!"
Ponyta sprang up into the air and came down hard on Blaziken. The attack did quite a bit of damage.
"Milotic, Hydro Pump!"
Milotic fired a pressurized jet of water from its mouth at Ponyta. The fire horse Pokémon took critical damage and fainted.
"Water........Ponyta, return! Go, Aipom! Loudred, Shadow Rush!"
Loudred surrounded itself with the shadowy aura and tackled Milotic.
"Blaziken, let's make this a quick one! Sky Uppercut!"
Blaziken reared back and swung, hitting Aipom with a powerful uppercut. The Pokémon was hit into the sky, and when it came down it had fainted.
"Milotic, let's finish this up. Dragonbreath!"
Milotic blew a cloud of foul-smelling breath on Loudred, weakening it further and paralyzing it.
"Shadow Rush, again!"
Loudred couldn't move due to the paralysis, however.
"Snag Ball, go!"
Rich threw a Snag Ball at the Loudred. It absorbed its target, fell to the ground, and began rocking......
.....three times. Another successful Snag.
Bella ran off after her humiliating defeat.
"So you are not weak," Vivian addressed Rich. "I should have expected no less from the trainer who took down Queen Shadow. But I should inform you that we have resurrected Enigma Shadow, and we have a new leader. On that note, are you prepared to meet a watery demise?"
"Bring it on!"
"Very well. En garde!"
Pkmn Trainer Rich ---vs.--- Shadow Admin Vivian
[Vivian backflips over once, then steps forward and sends out Quagsire and a Wartortle]
"I'll chase you out in Eagun's place! Go, Ludicolo and Alakazam! Alakazam, Thunderpunch!"
Alakazam's fists crackled with electricity, then it delivered a powerful blow to Wartortle. Surprisingly, Wartortle did not faint from the attack.
"What?! How did you make it through that?"
"I'm an Admin. My party has been trained to a higher standard than most."
"Fine, then I'll up it a notch too! Ludicolo, hit Quagsire with Giga Drain!"
Ludicolo rushed towards Quagsire, but Quagsire put up a Protect before it could hit.
"Hah, you thought I'd be that easy? Wartortle, Aerial Ace that Ludicolo!"
Wartortle withdrew into its shell, spun around, then flipped into the air and crashed down onto Ludicolo for a super-effective hit.
"Aghhh......Alakazam, Thunderpunch it again!"
Alakazam hit Wartortle with another electrically charged punch, fainting it.
"Ah, that's fine. Wartortle, return! Go, Octillery!"
As soon as the Octillery came out, Rich's Aura Reader activated. It was Vivian's Shadow Pokémon.
"Ludicolo, try another Giga Drain!"
Ludicolo again went after Quagsire......but Quagsire again blocked with Protect.
"Hahah! Keep fighting, it's rather entertaining. Octillery, Shadow Sky!"
Octillery launched a flash of black light into the sky, where it burst into an aura that covered the area. Soon bursts of flashing light rained down from the aura, striking Quagsire, Ludicolo and Alakazam.
Alakazam's eyes glowed blue, then a blue aura surrounded Octillery as Alakazam lifted it up. After a moment Alakazam crashed Octillery back down, causing some damage.
"Should I send Ludicolo after Quagsire again.......you know what, yes! Giga Drain!"
Ludicolo rushed once more at Quagsire. Quagsire began to form another Protect......but failed. Ludicolo hit Quagsire and began draining its energy. Before long, Quagsire was down and out.
"Protect fails more often if used in succession. An Admin like you should've known that.
"Oh, shut up with your attitude! Quagsire, return! Go, Metang! Octillery, Shadow Wave!"
Octillery sent out a wave of shadow energy, doing some damage to both of Rich's Pokémon. After it did, bursts of light rained down and struck Metang, Alakazam and Ludicolo.
"Alakazam, Fire Punch that Metang!"
Alakazam's fists this time turned into small fireballs, then it delivered a powerful blow to Metang.
"Ludicolo, Brick Break!"
Ludicolo jumped forth again and punched Octillery, doing some more damage to it.
"Octillery, Shadow Rush!"
Octillery surrounded itself with the shadowy aura and tackled Alakazam.
"Metang, Aerial Ace!"
Metang compacted its body then dive-bombed Ludicolo for a powerful hit. Bursts of flashing light again rained down from the shadowy aura, htting all the non-Shadows.
"Alakazam, Thunder Wave!"
Alakazam emitted weak pulses of electricity from its body, paralyzing Octillery.
"That's it! Snag Ball, go!"
Rich threw a Snag Ball at the paralyzed, weakened Octillery. The Shadow Pokémon was absorbed into the ball, which fell to the ground and rocked......
.......three times. Rich had successfully Snagged Octillery.
"My Shadow Pokémon! Oh, now I will make you pay! Go, Seadra! Metang, use Meteor Mash!"
Metang's claw glowed with a bright shine, then it delivered a crushing blow to Alakazam, who fainted as a result.
"So you took one down. Big deal. Return, Alakazam! Go, Blaziken!"
As soon as Rich sent out Blaziken, ever more bursts of light rained down and struck all the Pokémon in battle.
"Blaziken, finish off that Metang with a Flamethrower!"
Blaziken loosed a stream of flames at Metang. When the fire cleared, Metang had fainted.
"I won't be bested by you! Return, Metang! Go, Clamperl!"
"Ludicolo, Giga Drain!"
Ludicolo jumped onto Seadra and drained nearly all of its energy.
"Seadra, time for a Hydro Pump!"
Seadra fired a jet of pressurized water at Blaziken, but its attack missed. Bursts of light hit all the Pokémon one more time, then the shadowy aura cleared from the sky.
"Blaziken, Sky Uppercut!"
Blaziken rushed forward and hit Seadra with a powerful uppercut. Seadra, already weakened, couldn't take any more and fainted.
"Go for the win, Ludicolo! Giga Drain!"
Ludicolo pounced on Clamperl and drained all of its energy. The critical damage from this attack made Clamperl faint.
"Oh no! I've been washed out!"
"I don't believe this! How could I lose to you?!!"
"Your team was very weak......."
"Shut up! Tell you what, I'll let it go this time. But if you ever mess with me again, ooh, you'll be sorry for it!"
Vivian ran off.
"That was incredible work, Rich," Eagun complimented.
"Think nothing of it. We couldn't let them destroy the Relic Stone."
"Is your Pikachu okay, Eagun?" Anabel asked in concern.
"He's fine. Just a little shaken up, right pal?"
"Now, I am glad you came to my rescue. Thank you. It is frightening, however, that Enigma Shadow has been resurrected. Please let me have your P*DA number so I can call you with anything I hear." Rich gave Eagun the P*DA number. "Very well. You should go back to the Pokémon HQ Lab and tell Krane what has happened. I will be in touch."
Back at the Pokémon HQ Lab, Krane met Rich and Anabel in the main lobby.
"So how was Agate Village?"
"There was trouble there. I battled several crooks with Shadow Pokémon, and not only that, they have resurrected Enigma Shadow."
"What?!! Is this true, what he says, Anabel?"
"This calls for something special. Come with me."
Krane led Rich and Anabel to the room on the right side of the first floor, a room with a glowing plate on the floor and a touchscreen control panel right in front of it.
"This is the Purify Chamber, Rich and Anabel. We developed it three years ago to purify the Shadow Pokémon made by Cipher, but we didn't expect to need it again. I'll need to get in touch with Ein to work with him on the purification of these new Shadow Pokémon."
"Very well, where should Anabel and I go next?"
"Pyrite Town. It is to the southeast but is rather far. There you can participate in the first Colosseum Challenge. Is that what you plan to do?"
"Yes. Is that alright, Anabel?"
"Let's hit the road, then."
"I wish you luck in the challenges!" Krane called as they left the Lab.
Enigma Shadow has returned! Rich managed to defeat two peons and Shadow Admin Vivian while Snagging their Shadow Pokémon. What awaits in Pyrite Town? Stay tuned!
END of CHAPTER ONE