QUISTA: THE GUARDIAN'S MANTRA
THE STORY SO FAR
Gift or curse, Lugia, Guardian of the Seas, was left with little choice...
As humans celebrated the year 2017 with the introduction of new technology and scientific research, the only remaining Lugia had grown too old and sick, realizing he was not immortal and ageless as he once believed. But only after this realization, his search to find the possible myth of an existing mate was fruitless, and only wore him down even further. With no options left but chaos or the reliance on humanity, he had to let go of all his fears and let fate decide.
Waiting for the right moment, he waited until midnight before heading to Olivine City's shores...
Five friends had been having a late night beach party about a mile away from Olivine City itself. Little did they know their presence on that beach at that very moment would change their lives and destinies forever. Amidst the music, late night partying, and conversations, it wasn't long until one of them spotted something large washing up upon the shore. Eventually, they all saw it and soon approached.
When they realized it was Lugia, they were bewildered like never before, but the bigger shock was the realization of how close Lugia was to death mainly from being too old and sick. They had only heard rumors of the legendary Pokémon's existence, but now it was real, and they realized he had used the last of his energy just to drift and wash up on the shore. The five trainers had tried to save him, using Pokémon healing supplies and other means to keep him alive, but it only gave him a few more minutes. Regardless, Lugia felt that with no one left to turn to, he felt these five Pokémon trainers that had tried to save his life would be the best ones to trust and rely upon.
Wasting no time, he told the trainers how important the role of the Guardian was while they stood there in awe, never thinking there was a Pokémon that could directly communicate with humans. The Lugia made it clear that his death would cause a great disturbance in the balance of nature and that the future was in their hands now, still leaving them in question as to what was going to be done. It was then that the Lugia had sung the Guardian’s Mantra, something almost no human has ever heard before. The trainers listened intently to a song that sounded both mournful but hopeful, and soon, out of nowhere, they felt themselves enveloped by a great, blinding light that only they could see and feel. For a split second, they saw themselves as a Lugia, a brief vision that only lasted for a few seconds before everything died down again, and they found themselves standing on the beach again. Once the strange trance had faded, they found the Lugia had died before them. After agreeing not to tell anyone about what happened that night and to keep it a secret, they pushed the dead Lugia’s body into the water, packed up their things, and went home with questions and anxieties racing through their heads.
Little did they know, just out of their sight, a Johto Coast Guard vessel had spotted the trainers, and was about to reprimand them for being on the beach at midnight when his surveillance equipment had captured them conversing with the Lugia. His equipment was unable to get sufficient audible sound recordings, but he was able to get pictures and video of all five trainers before they pushed the Lugia’s body back into the sea, packed up their things, and headed home.
After transferring the files and footage to an FBI server, the Johto Federal Bureau of Investigation flagged the five trainers for further surveillance. Thinking the trainers might have been responsible for the Lugia’s death, they analyzed the body of Lugia, and kept watch on the trainers however they could.
In the process of the investigation, the DNA samples of the five trainers collected by forensics teams, samples mainly including fallen hairs, chewing gum, discarded trash, and other samples, had yielded very unusual results when analyzed by the FBI laboratories. What they found completely baffled them as they discovered the DNA of the five trainers far more closely resembled that of Lugia than a human.
After experiencing several vivid dreams usually relating to the incident and Lugia itself, one of the five had learned how to transform into a Lugia by concentrating on the likeness of Lugia. Once transformed, each one of them would have the same power and capability as the Guardian of the Seas. However, after the five of them got together and realized this, they suddenly understood that one among them would have to give up everything to take Lugia's place and leave behind the life they had as a human. And it was there that they realized what the now deceased Lugia had left for them to resolve, and why he had given them this incredible power. But while they had a very difficult time trying to decide who would be the one to take Lugia's place, the weather and rainstorms were only getting worse without a Guardian to control and monitor them, and it was all the evidence they needed to understand they were running out of time.
However, never knowing they were flagged and were being watched by the FBI, Johto’s agents saw the Lugia transformation in action, and made the capture of the five trainers a priority one objective. They named the trainers as “Quista, children of Lugia” and made it their mission to find them and see if the Quista initiation process could be replicated once again to turn normal humans into Lugia-transforming individuals. With that kind of power, the Johto government knew the kind of leverage they could obtain from it would be massive. They knew they needed to get their hands on the power first, and keep it out of the hands of normal civilians. However, most of them were under the assumption that such a massive amount of power would likely be used for military purposes.
Operation Quista was immediately launched by the Johto government, and soon enough, police, FBI agents, and the military were after these five mysterious trainers, all intent on finding just one of them to uncover the secret. All the while, they kept the general public in the dark regarding the whole operation, not wanting anyone to know that such a powerful secret walked among humans.
But now, the Quista are on the run, and need to avoid letting their secret slip into the wrong hands, all while trying to decide who will have to give up everything to become the next Guardian of the Seas...
But from within the shadows, they were being watched...
Xexan, an underground Johto-based group of hackers, criminals, mad scientists, and other such renegades, had come across the Operation Quista files after breaking into the government's databases while searching for other information. When they had confirmed the files and information was authentic, the five Quista trainers intrigued the organization, knowing if they managed to get their hands on the power of Lugia and bestow it upon multitudes of their members, they could create an army that could easily overthrow any government, including Johto's. While their mad pursuits of power have already taken the nefarious organization to new, darker heights, the Quista are their ultimate key toward unleashing anarchy and gaining total control of Johto, if not the entire world in due time.
Meanwhile, they fight a secret war with the government, knowing the government can't disclose knowledge of Xexan without causing panic and hysteria. And at the same time, Xexan has access to weapons and powers the government could only dream of using, but need to remain in the shadows to avoid revealing themselves and their secret society to everyday trainers. To Xexan, such a secret needs to remain hidden... until the time is just right for total takeover... right when everyone is helpless to do anything about it...
Like a wolf in the night stalking its prey, Xexan dispatched its forces in the shadows, stalking and hunting the five Quista trainers.
THE QUISTA SITUATION
Currently, there are five Quista members. Each of them adheres to the following:
- Each Quista has a tattoo of a Lugia on their back which can never be removed. It’s about the size of a dinner plate. This can’t be seen unless their shirt is taken off, obviously.
- Also, every Quista has a lower body temperature than a normal human. Because the FBI knows this, use of thermal visors and technology has become a spearhead in the pursuit of them.
- Every Quista knows the Guardian’s Mantra, and could easily perform it in their Lugia form to create additional Quista members (although great care should be taken with regards to this, of course). However, the FBI does NOT know anything about the Guardian’s Mantra or exactly how the five trainers got this power.
- A Quista can only turn into a Lugia and revert back to a human four times before permanently becoming a Lugia on the fifth transformation. Also, each cumulative time, it becomes harder and harder to turn back into a human. On around the third time, the transformation back to human becomes only partial, meaning the Quista may be walking around with white, rubbery skin and a Lugia tail. On around the fourth time (a sincerely difficult struggle), they are nearly half human, half Lugia. However, becoming a Lugia at will is very easy, and just requires some concentration. They basically imagine themselves as Lugia, and it actually happens (because it's so easy, it could happen unintentionally). In addition, if a Quista stays as a Lugia for over 24 hours, they can never turn back.
- Transformation into a Lugia destroys clothing. Things like Pokéballs and devices are spared, however, but fall to the ground alongside the tattered clothing, and cannot be carried while the character is in Lugia form.
- Every Quista no longer has normal dreams. Every night (or even when they just nap or doze off) they have a Lugia-related dream, even if they didn’t dream so often in the past. Also, the dreams are always pleasant, tranquil, and comforting, all attempting to push the Quista to accept their fate and become Lugia.
- A Quista can not be captured in a Pokéball… not until they become a permanent Lugia (would still require a MASSIVE amount of non-fatal beating up prior to a capture attempt). Also, in Lugia form, they can use any level up move, but not TMs. Those can only be learned once the Quista becomes a permanent Lugia.
- And finally, a Quista can communicate with Pokémon, but only while they’re in their Lugia form.
If you want to role play as one of the five Quista members, that's great and I'm fine with you reserving yourself a spot as one, but you definitely need to promise to be very active and stay active in this RP. Please don't take one of these spots if you're unsure.
Role players can also sign up as civilian Quista supporters. However, they should have some kind of connection to one of the already existing Quista members, such as being a trusted friend or family member of one of the characters. It's best if you contact one of the Quista role players regarding what possible connection your character has to theirs.
THE GOVERNMENT SITUATION
The following branches of Johto's government are involved with the pursuit of the five Quista. Role players on the Johto government side can take any one of these three roles.
Police - Police are at the forefront of the operation, wanting to keep the Quista pursuit under control and hidden from the rest of the Johto population. They have been informed of what they're up against, but they are hopeful the Quista can simply be caught, arrested, and imprisoned without ever transforming into a powerful Lugia. And if conflict and fighting can be avoided, all so much the better. Quick, simple, and clean is what they're aiming for.
Police SWAT teams may be called in if things become violent and/or officers have or could become injured in their attempts to apprehend the Quista. That could include possible confrontations involving Xexan as well.
Johto Federal Bureau of Investigation - The FBI are trying their best to keep the situation very hush-hush and unknown to outside civilians. While police perform most of the grunt work, FBI agents are constantly researching the five Quista members, their families, their lives, backgrounds, and other information.
The FBI also have access to the government surveillance program known as Urban Eye, which connects all surveillance cameras, audio and visual feeds, and information databases into one central network. Using this technology, the FBI can use facial recognition, audio scans, and the like to find and track the Quista down. Meanwhile, the Quista themselves are not aware this technology exists, but they could potentially uncover the secret through using Lugia's psychic powers once they've taken on Lugia's form.
Johto Military Branches - While the military has taken an interest into the power of the Quista and using it for military purposes, they are only taking a supportive role with surveillance and communication in the beginning. Unless things get extreme with the Quista and the five Quista members use their Lugia forms in reprisal, the military likely won't use excessive force and will simply resort to non-lethal tactical neutralization strikes upon the Quista. However, with the heat rising and Xexan becoming involved, there is chance of all-out warfare taking place.
- Everyone on the government side has plenty of money to work with, and would already have quite an arsenal of technology and devices to use in their efforts to find and capture the Quista. Also, expense is not an issue. The Johto government would gladly sacrifice a few squad cars or other expendable equipment if it means getting their hands on a Quista and learning the secret behind how they came to be.
- RPers on the government side are allowed to have many NPCs working with them, whether they’re by the character’s side or are back at base, using tracking technology to help the RPer’s character. Unlike the Quista and Xexan sides, the government has the advantage of numbers, money, and technology, but unlike those two, public relations are at stake if the Quista situation blows out of control and suddenly becomes public knowledge through heavy conflicts involving Lugia transformations and many eyewitnesses.
THE XEXAN SITUATION
The Xexan organization, hidden away in an underground bunker in Ilex Forest, consists of pure rebels, hating the current government institution. Funded by mob leaders, criminal kingpins, and other nefarious crime lords and masterminds, Xexan relies on strange and unethical means to leverage power and take down their enemies. In that dark, cold, underground bunker, many of the darkest creations of science and corruption have been spawned.
Hackers - Xexan hackers are extremely skilled and are capable of breaking into anything. They don't want to shut down the government's machines until after they unlock the Quista secret, but they will fight with the government to ensure Xexan wins the race and gets their hands on the Quista first. But until Xexan has what they want, they'll keep piggy-backing off of the government's surveillance for the latest scoop for as long as they need to.
Scientists - Xexan's scientists have no moral or ethical regard with how they conduct their research, willing to do anything in the name of science. Having a living Lugia as a specimen and as a power they could incorporate into their corrupt and morally deplorable projects is something they passionately desire. But in the meantime, they will research and design mutagens, technology, and weaponry to compete with the Johto government.
Soldiers - Many of Xexan's secret mutagens have resulted in many half-human, half-Pokémon hybrids among Xexan's soldiers. Others are Pokémon that were once human for deception and disguise, and there are quite a few soldiers that have been turned into cyborgs with the number of implants and appendage replacements they have been given. As deranged as even this sounds, Xexan makes it possible for soldiers and other personnel to change forms and revert back to normal or take on new forms whenever they so please with little scarring and aftermath with the help of dark, mad science. However, they need to keep Xexan's research secret, and cannot allow this research to fall into anyone else's hands or be destroyed. And there is nothing more the Johto Government would enjoy than eradicating every last bit of Xexan and their research.
In addition, they also have their hands on powerful, experimental weaponry, and even their Pokémon have been mutated, combined with other Pokémon, grafted with implants, and subject to a variety of dark experiments and procedures, all in the name of power.
NOTE: A role player character on the Xexan side can choose any two of these three role positions. However, NPCs in Xexan can only assume one role.
Xexan wants the Quista and are willing to do whatever it takes to get one of them so they can start creating their vicious mutated Lugia army. That also means they don't care what civilians get harmed or killed from getting in their way.
- No spamming.
- Limit OCC chat.
- No god-modding or bunnying
- Posts should be at least a paragraph long. I'm not a fan of one-liners.
- Every post should have your character’s name, side, and location at the top in the form of a header. This is to make it easier to tell who is on what side, and differentiate between characters in case two or more are being used for the same post. Also, if you're role playing a Quista character, use the header to track how many Lugia transformations they have used.
With that said, hope you enjoy the RP.
Name: Character name, first and last
Side: Quista, Johto Government, or Xexan
Role: For Quista: Quista or supporter. For Johto Government: Police officer, FBI Agent, military operative. For Xexan, pick two: Hacker, Scientist, Soldier.
Age: Character age in years
Gender: Male or female
Description: Your character’s physical appearance. Please provide two good paragraphs of detail describing your character.
Personality: How your character behaves. Two well-described paragraphs, please.
History: Your character’s background. Should be at least two paragraphs.
Other: Anything else you'd like to add.
Your character is allowed to have up to three Pokémon. For each of them, use this form:
Species: What Pokémon it is
Gender: Male, female, or genderless
Description and Personality: A small description of the Pokémon's appearance and how it behaves.
Quista #1 - Valeros Branshaw <Played by Agent Tectonic>
Quista #2 - Jeff Barnes <Played by Avenger Angel>
Quista #3 - Mallory Webb <Played by Cometstarlight>
Quista #4 - Carter Flannigan <Played by Sheps>
Yvonne Corellis, Quista Supporter <Played by Flash Sport>
Lucas Serenes, Quista Supporter <Played by Andydemon>
Cameron Schade, FBI Agent - <Played by Elysian>
Howard Rainard, FBI Agent - <Played by Requiem's Eclipse>
Nathan Carr, Police Officer - <Played by Avenger Angel>
Ian Blackwood, Military Operative - <Played by SoulMuse>
Robert Garner, Military Operative - <Played by The Lord 67>
Mason Mercer, Military Operative <Played by Tasslehoff>
Emily Johnstone, Hacker/Soldier - <Played by Nythe>
Ava Olsen, Hacker/Soldier - <Played by Skillfulness>
Kramen Marraloff, Scientist/Soldier - <Played by Tasslehoff>
"Zephyr", Soldier/Hacker - <Played by Meeker>
Hacker/Scientist - <Reserved by AnalogClocks>