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It came so suddenly and without warning throughout the dead of the night: A sudden pulse throughout the city, followed by another and another. By the time people knew what was happening, a large earthquake shook the city, causing buildings to tumble, grounds to crack and shift and, worse of all, the city borders to collapse. Many lives were lost, others injured and lives completely changed forever.
The power plant in Regnum is still down, but some groups have gotten together with electric Pokemon to help restore some of the electricity to the city. It is suggested not to walk the streets alone as the crime rates have sky rocketed despite the efforts of the Enforcement Wing. Phones and internet is still down, but people have started finding other ways to communicate for the time being. In good news, the weather has begun to warm up, the snow and ice finally melting. Sadly, the barrier is still blocking people from leaving the city.
Posted on: Nov 3 2017, 03:38 AM
Douglas William Freeman
Douglas William Freeman was born in the Kanto Region’s Viridian City, far from the City of Regnum. From a young age, he (and many other young boys) was enticed by the wonderful bug type Pokémon of the Viridian Forest, the swiftness of their growth and their deceiving strength. On these forests Doug would spend most of his days for many years, studying the wondrous (if repetitive) bug type Pokémon of the Kanto Region.
Until the fateful day he long awaited came. At the young age of ten, as it was tradition for all the young ones of Kanto, Doug was allowed to (legally) capture a Pokémon to call his own, and set out on a completely supervision free adventure on his own.
Yes. This was actually considered a normal tradition across Kanto. Perhaps some would call it Spartan… but to the strong people of Kanto it was but a venerable tradition to uphold. With a spanking (legal) Pokémon by his side, Douglas William Freeman set out to complete the Indigo League’s Gym challenge, in order to qualify for the grandest tournament of Kanto.
Needless to say, he managed. Needless to say, it was not easy. Bug types in Kanto (as in, different species, that is) were not as numerous as Doug would have hoped, and he barely managed to fill out his team with 6 different species of bug type Pokémon before he could finally compete on the league. The limitations of the bug types were rather brutally revealed to him during the gym challenge, their numerous weaknesses proving to be far more than simple hurdles for him to overcome.
Perseverance won out however, and for the first time in his life, Doug participated in a Pokémon League Championship, in what he believed would be the greatest moment of his life.
A rather short lived greatest moment, sadly. He lost in the preliminaries, before even seeing any of the real action. It was unfortunate, but his severely limited bug type team simply wasn’t enough to overcome the well-rounded, powerful teams of the so-called ‘cool trainers’ that seemed to make up the bulk of the tournament’s participants.
Doug returned home, to great fanfare… sadly not for him. The city didn’t care much for a lone bug catcher that had lost in the preliminaries, but plenty of the cool trainers that had gotten much farther along in the tournament lived there.
He never said it, but everything that occurred, from his loss to the ‘superior’ cool trainer, to the generally uncaring reception he received from his very city of origin, deeply affected Doug. It made feel jealousy. It made him feel hunger for recognition. For victory.
To prove to himself and to the entire world that he hadn’t made the wrong choice. That even as a Bug catcher, he could still win a Pokémon league.
A month or so later, Doug bought a ticket to Johto with the money he had acquired during his travels, and with his mother’s blessing, set out to compete the Johto region’s gym challenge. He would go on to successfully complete the Johto gym challenge and qualify for the Silver Conference, getting past the screening process and through the first few rounds of the Semi-finals before being ultimately defeated and disqualified. He ended up among the Top 16.
Displeased with his perceived lack of success, Doug distraughtedly tried to book a flight to Hoenn, In hopes of defeating the region’s gym challenge and qualifying for the Ever-Grande Conference. Unfortunately, he accidentally booked a flight to a different region without realizing it.
He ended up in a long flight to a region located in the far west. Unova, it was called. Not what he had been trying for, but upon learning it had a league of its own, he couldn’t bring himself to care. Hoenn, Kanto, even friggin’ Orre. It didn’t matter, so long as he won.
The Vertress conference went better than before, but in the end, Doug found himself defeated just as victory finally seemed within his grasp. By far his most frustrating loss, at the end of the Vertress conference, Doug found himself among the Top 4. Just within arm’s reach of the champion’s trophy… but not good enough for it.
Distraught and feeling defeated, Doug finally returned home to Kanto, where he was received by his family in silence once again.
One day, feeling nostalgic, the young bug catcher decided to take a walk down memory’s lane and went into the viridian woods. However, while on his memory trip, he ran across another trainer. He could immediately tell he was looking at something else, and feeling foolhardy, challenged the trainer to battle.
The battle didn’t reach a conclusion, but the trainer appeared to be impressed with Doug’s performance, having not expected much from a bug catcher wandering the viridian woods.
The trainer introduced themselves as one of the Elite Four members of the Indigo League, and offered Doug a formal invitation to challenge the Elite 4, seeing how he had already gathered the Kanto gym badges years ago.
Doug battled the Elite 4. Once again, complete victory escaped his grasp. Just as the coveted title of champion seemed to be within reach, the last member of the Elite four stroke down his last pokemon, stopping Doug in his tracks. Frustration now filled Doug completely.
He could not seem to win. He could not seem to manage anything he set out to accomplish. Falling into what could only be called a weak depression, Doug spent weeks doing nothing waste time, taking meaningless walks around the Viridian forest and ignoring all other trainers trying to challenge him.
One day however, something strange happened.
Doug ran across a strange looking person. Strange mostly because the person was literally disappearing. The sight alone brought pause to Doug, who very confusedly stared at this person, before asking a very simple question. What was happening to them?
The person very simply told him they were going back home. Where, asked the young bug catcher. To which the person truthfully answered ‘Regnum City’. What’s that, wondered the young bug catcher. The person had disappeared by then, however.
For the next few days, this short conversation stayed at the forefront of Doug’s mind, filling his every thought. Until one day, the young man gathered everything he could into his bag, got a ship ticket.
And set out on, his curiosity, now peaked for the first time in months, overpowering his depression.Unfortunately, Regnum was something of a disappointment for him. It was certainly a new experience; never had he seen such a backwards and strange society. Not only was there no pokemon league or gym challenge (the backward savages), their laws on children made absolutely no sense to him.
He couldn't walk on the streets past 10 pm without a guardian? A human guardian? He had traveled through three countries, he had climbed mountains, walked through deserts, through tundras, crossed the sea; and he couldn't walk past 10 pm on the streets? Not to mention Xenophobia was not only a common thing, it was apparently an accepted thing.
If he admitted he was an 'Outsider', chances were whoever he had been interacting with would be changing their previous tune immediately. Not that he could lie and say he wasn't, his looks, mannerism, accent, brand (or lack thereof) of clothing, everything just screamed he wasn't from around the city.Bottom line? His first few days on the city kind of sucked, with nobody wanting to interact with him, and the authorities of the city not taking him seriously at all.
Still, his stubborn refusal to be ignored eventually managed to get him registered as a Pokemon trainer within the city's governmental Pokemon Wing.
Expert rank was fine, he could definitely be considered an expert, obviously, but the fact that there were two ranks above it automatically meant that he wasn't satisfied with it. Unfortunately, the wall blocking him off from attaining those ranks had less to do with his skill, more with his age, a barrier he couldn't quite figure out how to bypass.
Give him 3 more years, 4, tops.
Unfortunately, his 'become a Knight' project was put on hold when only a couple of months after he arrived to Regnum, a massive Earthquake suddenly rocked the city. Thankfully he had been breaking the law by being outside past 10 pm, otherwise he may have actually died, seeing how the building he had been calling his home was absolutely demolished by the quake and had crushed nearly everyone else that had been living there.
With the city nearly completely destroyed and crap hitting the fan with all the gangs, it seemed like a good time to just drop the city entirely and go back to traveling the regions. After all, it wasn't like he could become a champion in Regnum anyways. Unfortunately, there a bit of a problem with his plan. Usually, Regnum citizens where the ones who couldn't go outside of the city's barrier.
Apparently, neither could outsiders now. He was trapped in a city with no League system and far too many concerns over their youth.Goddamn it.
The pokemon wing was mobilized to help with all the efforts around the city. Doug found himself in limbo, being essentially either a combat unit or an entomologist, but being too young to assist in the efforts to quell the Yamask Saints and The Granbull Gang, and there not being any need for an Entomologist.
Luckily, since nobody was interested in looking after the outsider kid that can't do anything, it sort of left Doug free to do his own thing. So long as he evaded being noticed.
Posted on: Nov 4 2017, 08:21 PM
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