Heart of Darkness...so what does the title of this fanfiction mean? I guess you'll have to find out. Rated PG-13 for violence and mild sexual themes.
The dimly lit room was filled with the chatter and squeaks of countless creatures, all vying for a seat in the front. Even though they had specific seats, they still wanted a place in the very front, so as to be able to hear and speak their opinion. A gavel’s strike resounded, and all of the chatter that buzzed in the room just a few seconds ago was replaced by the scuffle and scurrying of feet little and big.
A creature walked into the room, but it was not a creature that one would expect to be seen. It was a mouse…but this mouse was as big as a small dog. However, this would be the last thing you would notice, as this mouse had a yellow body, with brown stripes on its back. Its tail seemed to be forged from a lightning bolt, as that was the shape of it. As its tail came closer to connecting to its body, the coloration of bright yellow darkened until the area that it connected was pitch black. Its ears were extremely pointy, and the tips of its ears were the same color as the base of its tail. Its cheeks sported a pair of red circles that seemed to crackle with energy, and its mischievous face did nothing to convince an onlooker that it wouldn’t try and shock one of the things that were sitting in the giant room.
The creature cleared its throat, and in a squeaky voice, said, “The Creator and the Lifegiver have arrived, make way for Lord Arceus and Madam Mew”. The creature then ran to its seat in the third row of seats.
The two creatures that walked in were so beautiful that not even the coldest of hearts could just look on and not think that they were important. The Creator was a hoofed albino deer, but around its torso was a circle of what appeared to be tentacles at first. On closer inspection, one would figure out that these were actually horns, and seemed to wriggle as it trotted in. Its face was the only thing that seemed remotely scary about it, as it looked like a battle helmed soldier’s head that was slightly flattened.
The Lifegiver was possibly even more beautiful, a pink cat the size of an adolescent cow. Its hind legs were never used, it seemed, as it floated in with Arceus. Despite this, they were well developed, and seemed to be made for leaping, even though the monster never needed to use its hind legs. Its large eyes looked full of curiosity and mischief, as if the world were a giant playpen. However, if one looked close enough, you could see a bit of worry in the creature’s eyes.
The pair of important figures turned to face the crowd of silent, but seated creatures. Arceus then spoke, saying, “We have disturbing news, my friends. Mew and-,”but his speech was cut off by a loud hissing noise and a rather guttural growl.
“Gonna eat more of my kinssssmen, are you, Zangoosssssse”, the hissing voice said indignantly to another creature. The other creature roared in rage, “How dare you sully our noble kind, Seviper. Your filth are always blaming us for driving you to the barren wastelands and murky swamps”.
The “Zangoose” was a creature resembling a white mongoose. It sported a pair of razor sharp claws that looked as if it could slice through solid steel like butter. Its eyes, though rather mean looking, were a bloodshot red with black irises. It was able to stand on its hind legs, but sometimes crawled on all fours like any other. On its belly was a large red zigzag shape, which made it look even more intimidating. If one didn’t know what a regular Zangoose looked like, one would think this creature to be horribly injured. However, this was a false assumption, as the pattern was merely part of its fur. This was Zangoose, a rather new member of the group of creatures. He was a rather kind fellow most of the time, but when Seviper opens its trap, old rivalries break out and they often end up fighting.
Seviper was a large, midnight black snake with different patterns of gold, purple and blue placed seemingly randomly on its skin. At the end of this long tube of flesh and bone was a hard, arrow point-shaped tail. At the other end of its body was its head, an egg shaped hold for its blood red fangs. Its wicked looking eyes were as red as its rival, Zangoose. Its scaly hide was rather smooth to the touch, and this particular Seviper made sure that every single scale was shining perfectly. If even one scale was not shining, Seviper was not happy.
A smaller looking Pikachu looked at the two feuding rivals, and sighed. Pichu was actually older than Seviper and Zangoose. In fact, Pichu was a senior member of the group, older than most of the other members, even some of the leaders of the organization. “If you two can’t behave,” it squeaked, “then you will be asked to leave. Leave your petty arguments for a time when we’re not in crisis mode.”
Pichu looked at Arceus and nodded…or rather, looked at one of its horns, which had extended to view every member of the organization. Arceus continued, “we have reason to believe that once again, someone wishes to use our decendents to do terrible things, this time we-“
Again, Arceus was interrupted by the the feuding pair, who had started to bare fang and claw and looked ready to rip each other to shreds. Pichu looked back again, and sighed again. “If you two can’t behave then…,” Pichu said, sparks crackling from its cheeks, “I’ll just have to shock you into behaving”. Pichu’s cheeks ignited in a blaze of static, then spat out a pair of lightning bolts. Seviper and Zangoose were coated in photonic energy as they were electrocuted by the Thunderbolt. Pichu stopped the stream of lightning after a few seconds, and Seviper, who loved her coat more than anything else, had a coat of scales covered in her own soot. Zangoose didn’t fare too much better. Pichu screamed at the duo of troublemakers, “NOW BEHAVE.”
Pichu once again nodded to Arceus’s horn, signaling him to continue if he wished it. Arceus’s horns (and The Creator himself) nodded in understanding. “We have reason to believe that a union has occurred between the Team Aqua, the Team Magma, and the Team Galactic. We also have this prophecy that Mew has forseen.
Mew floated forward, tail bobbing behind it, and spoke. Her mouth did not move, but her voice was heard as if she had been bellowing into a microphone. However, her voice was gentle and kind sounding, and it didn’t sound as if she had been yelling at all. “Darkness shall rule the world, but as long as the White Knight of Johto survives, the world may stand to survive through the tribulations to come”. Mew floated back next to Arceus, and sat down on next to him. Arceus cleared his voice again, but hesitated and used his horns to see if Seviper and Zangoose were paying attention. When he was convinced the pair of troublesome creatures were paying attention, he spoke again. “Kyogre, Groudon, you take the other members of the Royal Cabinet and figure out what this “Darkness” is.”
Kyogre, a large, blue whale-like monster, nodded and looked at Groudon. If a single word could describe a creature, it would be intimidating. Groudon always wore a scowl on his face, as if he hated the world that he lived in. He was built much like a two legged lizard, with razor sharp claws on massive hands, a ridged tail that ended in a pseudo-claw, and a very sturdy body that looked like it could take a hit from even a jet plane and not even feel a thing. Both pokemon had strange markings all over their backs, almost like a bunch of tattoos. Ever since day one, the two had feuded nonstop. They needed a pair of special items that were located on top of the Spirit Mountain, Mt. Pyre to stay in their rightful places, otherwise they would go berserk and lose control of their powers. In fact, it was Groudon and Kyogre, in a great battle that shook the planet, that created the Hoenn Region. “Groudon, you think you can work with me this time,” a concerned Kyogre asked its counterpart.
Groudon laughed, almost as if he had been told a very humorous joke, “Kyogre, as long as the Red Orb and the Blue Orb stay in their respectful places, I doubt we’ll have any problems.” This wasn’t what Kyogre was asking, however, as their feud was much like Zangoose and Seviper’s. However, it wasn’t that they were accusing each other of things, they just hated each other with a burning passion.
Arceus sighed, then one of his horns looked at Pichu. “Pichu, I want you to go to the gyms in the four regions, and convince the leaders of those gyms to help us. I am sending you because-“
“Now why are you sending that stupid little rat,” shouted a loud voice, the voice of one Rhyperior. Rhyperior was a bulky and burly pokemon that was well known for being incredibly strong on the battlefield. Its body was made up entirely of hardened rock in a manner similar to Groudon, but quite a bit less smoothly built. Pichu looked at the gigantic pokemon (to his eyes) in indignation. How dare Rhyperior call him stupid when it was he himself that was perfectly suited for the job. Rhyperior was not the brightest bulb in the box, and as such, often came off as rude and uncaring. He only acted this way because he didn’t know better. Arceus looked at Rhyperior, “because the same rat is small and cute. We need a recruiter that won’t terrify the residents of the town when they enter it. Pichu is well suited for the job, as he is able to fend for himself quite easily. Not only that, but Pichu has had a record for completing his missions, unlike the one berating him. Now…for the White Knight herself.”
The mention that this “White Knight” was a girl sparked a chorus of murmering throughout the entire room. It could be anyone in Johto, but Arceus spoke as if the “White Knight” was already discovered. Who did Arceus believe was the “White Knight”? A vision entered the heads of all of the pokemon present. A girl with a childish grin and crimson red hair tied into ponytails. Her eyes looked as if they’d been freshly picked from a cherry orchard, and the pokemon that saw her gasped in surprise.
“Seviper, Zangoose, you shall locate the White Knight, and take her to the Spear Pillar. I will await her arrival in the Hall of Origin.” Seviper and Zangoose looked at each other in surprise, in fact, most everyone was surprised at this development. Seviper and Zangoose were very inexperienced compared to the rest of the pokemon gathered there. Pikachu walked up to the pair of pokegods and looked at the audience. “This meeting is officially adjorned”.