Gah. Between waiting for the town/Gym Leader names and not being able to wait to put this up, you can see which option triumphed.
For those who read the Fanfic Commercials thread, you'll know from the preview what this chronicles. Basically...
SKULL'S THIRD ADVENTURE IS HERE! REJOICE, MY FRIENDS! REJOOIIIIIIIIICE!!
And, now, for the prologue of the third installment. Enjoy!
EDIT: Crap, in all my excitement I forgot to put the rating. It's E10, for ages 10 and over.
My name’s Skull. I was a regular Marowak, ten years ago. But that was before…before I was captured by the human organization called Cipher, before their scientists artificially closed the door to my heart, turning me into a Shadow Pokemon. Before I led a rebellion consisting of nothing but Shadow Pokemon, before I avenged myself and my fellow Shadow Pokemon by knocking my former enslaver, Eldes, into the sea along with his Metagross slave.
Cipher went for me again, five years after that. By that time, I had mated and had a son named Cubon, who was five years old. Cipher never gave up. They chased me through forests, around lakes, and over mountains as I ran, my son in tow. I couldn’t afford for him to get hurt. But then they cornered me, knocked me out with something called a tranquilizer gun. They sent Cubon into the wild, but he managed to survive…mainly because he inherited some of my shadow powers.
I had to rescue my son from Cipher’s lab. So I did. I went to the lab, but was knocked out by a group of humans calling themselves the Hexagon Brothers. Trust me, when you’ve been humiliated by six complete morons, you know you suck. But, at any rate, I managed to free myself just before Ein, one of Cipher’s top scientists, could zap me with some laser that would turn my mind…my free will…to mush. I pulled my son out, and we went to a region called Johto in an attempt to escape Cipher.
There, we escaped Ein again, this time with a couple members of an organization called Team Rocket going for me at the same time. I needed to get Rocket off my back, but I couldn’t do it alone…and I couldn’t afford for Cubon to get hurt. The help I was looking for came in the form of a human named Zak Vangard. Zak…well…he was a little different from the other humans of the world. Instead of treating Pokemon like slaves and servants…like I was used to…he treated them with…kindness. I never truly saw a human treat his Pokemon with kindness. It was then I realized that not all humans were evil…just the ones in Cipher and Rocket…and most of the other “normal” humans.
Then I realized something…in order for Pokemon and humans to really live in harmony, I needed to eradicate the evil humans of the world. This meant that I had to defeat Cipher…again. So, I went back to Orre to take down the bums. As it turned out, Lovrina—one of the Admins—was under mind control the whole time, and defected on her own (with a little “encouragement” from me), taking another Admin named Ein to human authorities. The next one, Snattle, went on his own, as well, though he wasn't under mind control. All the other Admins had to be killed. Then I got to their two leaders, Evice and Greevil.
Both of them had one admittedly very powerful Shadow Pokemon: Evice had a Tyranitar, and Greevil had what he proclaimed to be the ruler of the Shadow Pokemon: Shadow Lugia. He called it “XD zero-zero-one”, but Shadow Lugia has a better ring to it.
Doing it took a lot of work, but I eventually did it: I defeated the super-huge Shadow Lugia, and the Shadow Tyranitar. Afterwards, Evice came out with a Slaking that used the ultra-powerful Ground-type move Earthquake one too many times (due to my provoking it into the final time). Citadark Isle crumbled into the sea, Greevil and Evice not having much likelihood of escaping.
After that, a human who had claimed to be my friend attempted to capture me: Michael. Needless to say, I took him down...brutally. Very, very, brutally, seeing as he had given my son to his younger sister, Jovi, as a slave. Also without need to truly say, I freed Cubon, and we left.
After Michael was taken down, I decided to move to Hoenn, the third region. I lived there for five years until I was met by a human named Scott. He told me that my son and I were two of the strongest non-trained Pokemon he’s ever seen (he referred to us as “wild”, however, angering me some. It’s the fact that humans can’t understand that Pokemon actually ARE sentient beings that ticks me off, not to mention the philosophy that we all were made to serve them). This earned us free pass to a place he made called the “Battle Frontier”. He took us on a ferry there, and I was re-introduced to the Frontier Brains…ten years before, they tried to halt my rebellion. The grudges we had against each other died down (well, except for the Brains named Noland, Greta, Lucy and Tucker), but I still wouldn’t make many human friends. They’re all WAY too egotistical.
Then I was approached by a woman who happened to be a Frontier Brain named Anabel. She has the unique ability to communicate with Pokemon on a telepathic level, like most Psychic-type Pokemon, so communicating wasn’t a problem. I remember that conversation like it was yesterday….oh, wait, it WAS yesterday. Oh, well, anyway…
I remember every detail…
“Hi…I’m Anabel,” she said to me via telepathy
“And I’m Skull,” I thought back, knowing that, via past experience, thinking would invoke telepathy
“I want to ask you something,” she said
“What?” I asked
“Well…you’re one of the most skilled wild—”
“I resent that ‘wild’ comment,” I interjected, my anger easily sensed by a telepathic human like Anabel, “I’m not some stupid, brainless animal.”
“Sorry…,” she apologized, “Anyway, I know you’re one of the strongest Pokemon of all time, and I want you to be on my team for a while.”
“You mean, be a slave?” I asked her, tension in my mental voice
“No!” she said, “I just want you to help me with something I really want to do.”
“Well, then, what?” I asked
“Well…,” she said, “Have you ever heard of ‘Sinnoh’?”
“…si-what-oh?” I asked, confused
“It’s a pair of regions,” Anabel explained, “Filled with completely new Pokemon…even evolutions and pre-evolutions of past Pokemon. Scott says that the Frontier Brains have to conquer that league as practice for when trainers come here. So…how about it? Are you and your kid up for it?”
“Fine…,” I said, “But there’re a few conditions that you have to be willing to accept.”
“What are they?” Anabel asked
I remember holding up my fingers (sometimes I wish I had more…) to count the conditions off.
“One,” I began, “don’t stuff us in those infernal Pokeballs. The idea of spending the night in a dark prison cell is just plain sickening, even if the mountain ranges and such provide some color.”
“Okay, no Pokeballs,” Anabel agreed, “Ash keeps his Pikachu out all the time, so I can live with it. Are there any other conditions?”
“Yes,” I said, putting one finger down to represent the first condition being checked off the list, “The second is, ‘don’t expect me to help you catch other Pokemon’. You’re on your own with that, mainly because I’m opposed to doing things like that. Besides, all my attacks would do is knock the poor thing out.”
“Okay…I can accept that condition, too,” Anabel agreed, “Any others?”
“One last one,” I said, “Don’t tell us what to do in battle. We choose our attacks of our own free will, not of someone else’s. Understand?”
“Perfectly,” Anabel said, “I accept all the conditions.”
“Good.” I said, “One question, though.”
“What?” Anabel asked
“When do we leave?” I asked, “I’m eager to see these new Pokemon. Plus, I want to make sure Pokemon and humans can live in harmony—WITHOUT the constant human need to make slaves—and I need to exterminate any antagonists in these fifth and sixth regions to further that goal.”
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