Chapter 2: The Four Chapters of the History of Johto!
“Alright, let’s see what this has… Page one: “The Unown civilization”? Alright, let’s see what this brings us…” said Drake in a low tone, as he started reading the page.
After reading the entire chapter, Drake was actually interested in a book for once, and in the history of Johto as well, something that Miss Lisa failed to do that year. In the end, Drake summed it up in his thoughts.
“So, the first chapter of the history of Johto… So Arceus, the God of Pokemon created the Pokemon Unown in the beginning of time. Arceus apparently created all the Unown as a way of communicating with the three dimensional beings: Dialga; Palkia; Giratina. The Unown’s hidden power was a way of opening and shutting a dimensional portal… That’s why there’s an Unown of every letter. Once the puzzle was solved and the alphabet was in order, the portal would open. However, an ancient civilization outsmarted Arceus, and managed to solve the puzzle. This ancient civilization, whose name is unknown, wanted to get in touch with the after-world and Giratina. Arceus became enraged, and with that, added two more Unown, adding more power to the portal. The portal was too powerful however, and an explosion destroyed the whole city. So, the Ruins of Alph remained. Arceus locked the Unown in the Ruins, and left them there. However, a new civilization was born. It knew of the existence of Unown from drawings on the wall. This civilization was known as Alphown. A mixture of the ruin, and Unown. This civilization only wanted to live alongside the mysterious creatures, and tried to bring them back. They succeeded in discovering where the Unown were, and found puzzles that apparently were created by the Unown’s hidden power. They never managed to solve these puzzles, and eventually, the Alphown came to an end. The Ruins of Alph still remain to this day unknown by men.”
Drake thought of how amazing and mysterious Johto really was, and decided he wanted to tell someone about what he had just learned.
“Dad, I’m going out!” yelled out Drake, as he ran through the door.
“But, it’s… night…” replied his dad slowly, as Drake certainly couldn’t hear him anymore.
Drake took out his photch, a small green squared watch that also had every feature of a Smartphone, and said the name of his best friend, Mount. A female voice replied from the photch, and asked Drake: “Do you wish to dial *pause* Mount?” to which Drake replied “Yes.” A projected image came out of the photch, and it was his friend.
“Hey dude! What’s up?” asked Mount.
“Hey man, meet me outside the Kimono Dance Theatre ok?”
“Alright, see you in a bit!”
Drake ran quickly to the old Kimono Dance Theatre. One of the oldest buildings in Ecruteak, not counting the two towers. In 2050 however, the Dance Theatre wasn’t used as much as before, and had a whole park built in front of it where people went to have fun.
***Drake sat down on a wooden bench when he saw his muscular friend walking slowly towards him.
“Hey, you finally showed up!” joked Drake.
“Yeah, sorry about that. Mom didn’t want me to leave since I have to study for math. Psh, parents right?”
“Ha, tell me about it!”
The two friends laughed for a bit, and then Mount sat down next to Drake.
“So, what did you want to tell me?” asked Mount.
Drake told him everything, from how Arceus created the Unown, to how the Alphown civilization ended. As Drake told the story to his friend, he spoke passionately about it, like if it was about Real Ecruteak, his favorite football team.
“So wait, why did you want to tell me this?” asked Mount in a suspicious tone.
“Alright, remember that history class we had about the Unown?”
“Uhm, no. I don’t pay attention in class… do you..?”
“I don’t… but it was that one time she was wearing that… you know what? That’s not the point!” said Drake awkwardly, while Mount started laughing.
“Then what’s the point?” asked Mount.
“When she taught us about the Unown, she told us something totally different. Something about the civilization leaving the Unown but creating puzzles so that someone later on could get to them…”
“So what are you saying..?”
“I’m saying that either our country has the history of Johto all mixed up, or there’s something hidden…”
“Ok, wait. Where did you get this book?” asked Mount.
“My grandpa gave it to me… he said he found it years before hidden under all the stones in the Burned Tower…”
“Why don’t you go ask him? Last time I saw him he said something about witnessing the events 200 years ago…”
“I will. At the beginning of the book, it said that Johto’s history had four different chapters. The Unown was the first one. I can’t remember what the second one was, but I’ll read it sometime tomorrow… and tell you about it.” said Drake.
Mount nodded, and both friends went home.
Drake lay in the couch, thinking of the Unown. The very next day he would go to his grandpa’s house after school to ask him about it.
“Ugh, can’t sleep…” murmured Drake as he sat down on the edge of the couch.
Drake got up, grabbed the blue book and started reading the pages following the Unown chapter.
“The second chapter of Johto’s history. After the incident with the ruins, Arceus felt the need to have two leaders to prevent rebellions in Johto. He created Ho-oh, the Guardian of the Skies; and Lugia, the Guardian of the Seas. Arceus commanded Ho-oh to settle in the Ruins of Alph, and Lugia to settle in the Whirl City. If anyone was to show any sign of strength against them, the Guardians should eliminate them. This went on for centuries, until both Ho-oh and Lugia became crazy with power. They got the entire Johto population in the middle of Johto, where Ecruteak was created. Two towers emerged with the psychic powers of Lugia from the floor, called the Brass Tower and the Tin Tower. Ho-oh occupied the Tin Tower, whilst Lugia occupied the Brass Tower. After witnessing this event, Arceus gave up on the Johto region and started focusing on other zones. According to leader Ho-oh, this was a proof of how powerful he was as a leader, to even make Arceus leave Johto.”
Drake started thinking of what he had just read, as he heard his dad yell from the other room for him to go to sleep. And he did.
“So Drake, why were you up until so late yesterday?” asked his dad as they drove to school
“Oh, you know. I was reading and stuff…” replied Drake nervously.
“Oh yeah, how is the book grandpa gave you?”
Drake’s dad parked the car next to the tall, grey building and Drake left the BMW. He walked to class to leave his green bag and went to talk to a brown haired girl named Lauren. She was a bit shorter than Drake, had round glasses and was wearing a striped skirt and a beige shirt.
“Hey Lauren, how are you?” said Drake in a very charming way.
“Oh… Drake! I’m, I’m good. And how are… you?” replied Lauren astonished as she started blushing.
“Everything okay?” asked Drake with a small smile.
“Oh yeah everything’s amazing, why wouldn’t it be!” giggled Lauren as she started getting redder and redder.
“Can I ask you something?”
“You pay attention in history class right? Ho-oh is a known hero right?”
“Oh yeah, he brought back Raikou, Entei and Suicune to life after the Brass Tower burned down.” answered Lauren brightly.
“Alright, thanks!” he said as he walked away towards his friends.
“No, wait,” but it was too late. “Damn…”
Drake pulled Mount away and whispered to him that he had something to tell him after school. Mount knew what it was about, and they both nodded secretly. The rest of the day passed quickly, through boring Math and English classes. After school, Drake and Mount were talking in the parking lot.
“Alright, what anything new to tell me?” asked Mount.
“Ok, so I asked Lauren if Ho-oh is a hero in Johto, and she said it is. We probably should have known this without asking her, but whatever.” Drake was embarrassed.
“So… the book says that Ho-oh and Lugia were both created by Arceus. To rule over Johto, but they ended up getting too much power. They created the Tin Tower and the Brass Tower to live there, and got the entire population of Johto to build Ecruteak City…” Drake said slowly. “Somehow, Ho-oh’s and Lugia’s dictatorship have been hidden from us. What we are currently learning has to be their way of covering what really happened.”
“Who’s “their”?” asked Mount.
“I don’t know yet… I have to talk to my grandpa about this. I’ll do that right now. I have the book in my bag right now.”
“You do that. Tell me what happens afterwards, ok?” Mount said with a smile on his face.
“I will. Alright, see you later!”
Drake walked to his grandpa’s house which was close to school. He lived in a small apartment in a building close to the Tin Tower. The building itself seemed like it was about to fall over, but Drake’s grandpa always refused to move. Drake approached the entrance which was locked, and ringed the bell to apartment 2 Left. There was no answer.
End of chapter 2