Nasty Majesty May 10, 2020 21:57:23 GMT
Post by Elliot Sunderland on May 10, 2020 21:57:23 GMT
Number of Pokemon: 3-
Pokemon 1: Murex the Lv 35 Female Cloyster
Supersonic, Liquidation, Protect, Aurora Beam, Whirlpool, Icicle Spear, Shell Smash, Spikes
Pokemon 2: Curly the Lv 35 Male Huntail
Scary Face, Bounce, Baton Pass, Crunch, Dive, Ice Fang
Pokemon 3: HYAH! the Lv35 Nonbinary Starmie
Hydro Pump, Rapid Spin, Recover, Swift, Thunderbolt, Psychic
Request: If any ride-capable Pokemon are able to show up, I'd totally be down for a goofy surf-vs-surf battle, but obviously you guys don't gotta go for it.
Elliot looked up at the sign to the Bass City gym, a deep sigh rolling from his shoulders. Did he ever expect to show up here? Just two months ago, he had insisted that he wasn't a battler. Hell, two months ago, the first real battles he had gotten into left him sick to his stomach. Now he was at the cusp of his very first gym battle. His hand fluttered down to the Pokeballs on his belt. Three of them would be his battlers for today; Murex, once such a gentle and hapless Pokemon that she couldn't even use her attacks, but now one of his strongest Pokemon. Curly, one of the latest additions to his team, yet quickly making a splash with his agreeable demeanor and competitive spark. And finally, HYAH!, who despite starting out on very shaky footing become one of the most reliable Pokemon Elliot could ever imagine. The next two would be there to study the battlefield; Lord Beerus, a Pokemon who he once feared yet now deeply respected, and arguably the only reason why he was at the gym right now. Vivi, his protege, weakest of the team but filled with limitless potential.
Finally, there was his beloved starter, out of her Pokeball and sitting on Elliot's shoulder. Elliot had always imagined that when he was heading into a gym, it would be him and Echo standing off against the gym leader's strongest Pokemon. However, much to Elliot's surprise, she had actually rejected the idea. Maybe it was because battle wasn't her forte. Maybe it was because she wanted her water type teammates to get the spotlight. Maybe she just wanted to practice her cheer routines. Whatever the case, Elliot was more than happy to respect her wishes. He even made her a pair of pom poms and sewed a #280 patch onto the back of her hoodie to prepare for the occasion! She leaned against her trainer, chirping happily as she nuzzled him for good luck.
Elliot pondered for a second, then released his Pokemon from their balls. HYAH! and Curly were quick to sink into fighting poses, their overeagerness leaving Lord Beerus facepalming in frustration. Murex shyly peeked up from behind them, making her best attempt at a war face. Their energy was so infectious that even Vivi gathered by their side, her far sparking as she nestled into the hole in their team pose. Elliot laughed a little, ruffling the Eevee's hair. "Soon, Viv. I promise, you'll get your chance soon," Elliot assured her, the Eevee doing her best to keep dignified in the midst of all the fawning.
With his "team" for the day set out, Elliot took a few steps back to look them up and down. "I know today's got you all nervous. Or, at least, it's got me nervous," Elliot admitted. "But despite this being our first gym battle, it's not like we're coming in as total newbies, you know? It's been days upon days of training just for us to get to this point. We've learned a lot. We've grown a lot. Some of us here-" Elliot looked towards Murex, the Cloyster perking up in surprise. "-have even evolved. And I've been doing a lot of growing, too. I've gone from some nervous runaway from a little town in Hoenn to a trainer truly worthy of fighting by your side. And, again, this has all been over two months of journeying! Heck, for some of you it's been even less time. Curly's only been with us for, what, two weeks? And yet it already feels right putting my faith in you.
I can't guarantee we're going to be winning this. After all, we're here to fight a Gym Leader at his own game. Compared to most trainers coming in here, we're going to be at a disadvantage. But it's not just about winning. It's about being the best we can be. It's about pushing ourselves in ways we never expected to be pushed. And it's about making a splash that nobody could ever forget.
So let's head on in there and do our best, okay?" Echo raised her arms, letting out a cheer. All of Team Elliot (besides Lord Beerus, who simply stared curiously) returned it with a war cry of their own, before looking expectantly towards Elliot. He grinned, returning them to their Pokeballs, then drew his phone. Earlier, he had texted all of the friends he had met along the way: Fayne. Josh. Levy. Elise. Lynn. Koa. Andrew. Would they come to cheer him on? Would they text him back, in a show of support? Or would he simply just trust in their belief from afar? No matter the case, he smiled, clutching the phone close to his heart. He then took his first steps forward, opening the doors of the Bass City gym with a triumphant stride!
All that triumph promptly fell out of his face when he noticed the obstacle course of ropes and narrow platforms before him. Oh, no. Did this gym have any accessibility options? Maybe a wider course that he could go on? Echo looked at him, as if offering to teleport him from platform to platform, but Elliot simply shook his head. That just wouldn't be fair. Instead, with a sinking feeling in his gut, he took his first step onto the platform.
(-10 Agility, -10 Luck)