Set in the original region of Arciel, Legends Rising is a route-inspired, but not strictly route-based, Pokemon roleplay. Pick a faction, pick a class, and strike out into the wild to take on the League, master Contest coordination, research the mysteries of Pokemon and Arciel, and much, much more. Will you be a classic trainer? A criminal? A farmer? Choose your destiny on Legends Rising.
Onto exploration. Soph had spent some time in Birch at the masquerade. It had been such a strange experience for her since she wasn't the best with social interaction to begin with. Being anonymous did not make it any easier for her and the music just made it that much more difficult to communicate. Still, it hadn't been that bad. The maze was interesting, after all. Now she wanted some fresh air.
Thankfully, it was rather nice this day. Somewhat cold as it approached the winter months and it was overcast, even, but at least nothing was falling from the sky. Seseli was perched on Soph's shoulder as they made their way down Route 7. The Riolu was eager to get in some more training and the woman couldn't blame him. However, she had a surprise for him today and was excited to see how he'd react.
Clementine felt fortunate to have Edwin with her. The gentle Tauros was eager to be with her again, as Birch City had been busier then usual with some event that's been going on. It had made her day job difficult, but then again, she'd feel that way even with empty streets.
Her old canvas bag was secured onto Edwins back, which he seemed happy about. His tails swung from side to side with pride. While his pace was quicker then Granny's, he'd remember to stop or slow down enough to not stray too far from her. Every now and then he'd try to peek over at his back, where the backpack's pocket held a Shinx egg. Edwin seemed oddly happy about the egg, and was walking very carefully with it in mind.
She was glad he seemed so happy, and considered bringing Margaret out as well. But that cubone always got into trouble, and she didn't have time for that today.
In the distance, Clementine caught sight of a girl with a little ole blue thing on her shoulder. 'That must be a pokemon, I wonder what it is?' She thought to herself as she told Edwin to pick up the pace to catch up to the girl.
Once close enough to not have to yell, Granny greeted her, "Hello! Are you exploring this route too?" She said, a kind and eager smile covering her face. It'd be nice to have company, and maybe she could learn a thing or two about pokemon along the way.
The Riolu actually heard the hoofbeats of the approaching Pokemon before Soph noticed anything. This caused Seseli to whip his head around to glare warningly, only to realize that it wasn't a wild Pokemon. In fact, the Tauros didn't seem to be threatening at all. So he relaxed, simply gazing at him and his trainer as his trainer finally noticed and turned just in time for Clementine to start speaking.
Soph smiled softly, the older woman's own smile being contagious. Then she nodded in answer and then looked toward Edwin before keeping her focus on the one sharing a species with her. "I... I am, yes. My name is Sophronia Abelen. It's... it's nice to meet you," she offered and closed the distance a bit to offer her hand to shake Granny's. Seseli kept a close eye on Edwin, shifting a little in his position on his trainer's shoulder. This prompted Soph to add, "This is Seseli, too! I mean, um..." She shook her head a little. Silly words.
With a deep thunk and a small puff of air, Edwin plopped onto the ground in a sitting position once Clementine stopped walking. Feeling the backpack slip off of his back, the Tauros then stood up, turned around, and gently grabbed it in his mouth. Then he proceeded to face everyone again and sat down with a plop again, but this time proudly holding the old bag carefully in his mouth. His tails wagged with pride at being helpful, lightly tapping the ground in a rhythmic fashion.
Clementine patted Edwin's neck, happy that the gentle oaf was having a good time. "Sophrina Abelen, huh? That's such a beautiful name." She complimented, nodding once while she spoke. "I'm Clementine Lynn, but Granny or Mrs. Lynn works fine for me. It's nice to meet you too, dear."
The girl had mannors, introduced herself well, and reminded Clementine of her daughters. She was almost too precious, and Granny felt refreshed being around her.
"Seseli? Is that her name or species? I'm still new to all this." She asked, curious to know more of the small blue creature. "This big guy here is Edwin, I'm told he's a Tauros."
At the sound of his name, Edwin let out a quick grunt to say hello, not wanting to speak in fear of dropping his precious cargo.
A smile was brought to Soph's face as the Tauros dealt with how to sit down without having trouble. He was adorable. She supposed the stereotype of the species was a little over exaggerated. Looking over to Clementine as she mispronounced the name, the black-haired girl hesitated. Would it be rude to correct the nice old lady or...? Soph decided it better to just make it obsolete, "Thank you. You, um, you can just call me Soph, though. My f-full name is such a, uh, well, a mouthful. Your name is beautiful too, if you don't mind me saying."
Unsure if she really wanted to call the woman 'Granny', she mentally noted to refer to the woman as Mrs. Lynn. Lifting a hand to pat the Riolu as he was mentioned, she shook her head a little. "Seseli is a... a given name. He's a Riolu. In fact, he has an evolution and... well, I was going to surprise him a little later, but... I-if you're new, would you like to see a Pokemon evolve?" Seseli perked up, looking at her in surprise. Soph giggled at his response and reached into her pocket to pull out a Soothe Bell. The Pokemon hopped from her shoulder, revealing just how much smaller he was than any of the others present, and looked up to her eagerly.
Listening to the green haired girl in front of her, Clementine wondered if the stutter was natural or from her nerves. Either way it was endearing, and Granny wanted nothing more then to invite her over for a warm meal and some tea. "Soph? That's easy enough for me to remember." She said, and then chuckled lightly and smiled at the compliment for her name, "Oh dear, thank you. My name can me a mouthful as well." It's been a while since someone has complimented her name, and it felt nice to have the recognition.
Oh whoops, the blue thing is a he. Best pick up on that so Soph knows she means no ill. "Riolu? Well, no wonder you gave him a name of his own. Seseli and Soph, it sounds like a duo you'd read about in a childrens book."
Clementine paused, just now registering what Soph has offered. "E-Evolve?" She asked, excitement showing in her dull blue eyes, "My, I thought that's difficult! Please, can I see such a thing?" This was exciting! Oh, but if this was the first evolution she'd see, then it's only fair that Margaret and Everett see this as well. "Just one moment, for an occasion like this I want to share it with the others. I hope you don't mind? They'll be well behaved." She promised that, but wasn't sure what ideas Margaret would get in her head.
She shuffled through her backpack as Edwin held it carefully, and found their pokeballs. First she released Everett, and the small skiddo bleated boldly at Clementine, as if complaining that he'd been in the ball for sooo long. After some warm cooing and some gentle pets from Granny, he made himself at home perched on Edwin's back.
Without missing a beat, not wanting to make Soph wait much longer, Clementine released Margaret from her pokeball as well. The large cubone banged her bone club on the ground a few times, as if testing its strength, and looked at her owner in confusion. "Sit down and behave, this lovely little lady will be showing us a Riolu evolving." Clementine ordered sternly. Margaret huffed quietly and sat next to Edwin, close enough to lean up against him comfortably.
Once her team was sorted, she turned back to face Soph. "I'm sorry about the wait, but I'm told that Cubone and Skiddo have the ability to evolve and I really want them to see it happen. Are they okay like this?" She asked, suddenly realizing that Seseli has a small audience for her evolution.
Soph smiled at the woman before her, feeling more comfortable rather quickly, which was a relief. Normally it took her a while to get used to people. She laughed quietly at the idea of being part of a children's book. Granny wasn't wrong, though! When said side-by-side like that, their names really did suggest a pair of adventurers or something. As Clementine asked about the evolution in shock, the younger woman nodded her head.
She was a little surprised that they'd have an audience now, but she supposed she understood wanting to have her Pokemon experience this as well. Once they were released and settled, Soph shook her head at the apology. "It's all right. Th-they're great. I did want to, um, well I have to let you know that some... sometimes evolution is more difficult than this. There's different triggers. Sometimes, uh, you just use an item! Like I'm going to do with Seseli. Other times, it depends on, uh... level or... if they know a certain move. It's r-really easy to look it up online." Oh, maybe... she wasn't computer literate. "P-probably even... at the local, erm... library? I'll t-tell you what, I'll try to look up to make sure but I th-think, um, your Pokemon evolve by level."
With that said, she took the bell and knelt before the Riolu and handed it to him. Once he took it, he gazed at it for a moment before it began to glow, then he did. The glow grew, shifted, and eventually faded to reveal the inert bell and a Lucario. Still a very small Lucario, which he found frustrating, but there was nothing she could really do about that. "Now he's a Lucario," Soph explained. Taking a moment to make sure he was all right, she smiled at the newly-evolved Pokemon. He was a little grumpy about his size still, but he smiled at her in return all the same.
Then Soph took out her phone and shifted a little closer to Mrs. Lynn so she could show the other woman. Opening her web browser and searching up information on Cubone first, she nodded. "Looks like... level twenty-eight and they c-can, or rather have t-two possible evolutions. Or, well, variants. It evolves into Marowak either way. Mmm," she murmured awkwardly as she looked up Skiddo's evolution. "Level thirty-two for them," she offered the information. Sure, it wasn't always easy to tell what level your Pokemon was at, but electronics had come a long ways and it was possible to get apps and things that helped determine that information based on the data in the Pokeball. She wasn't sure if Granny would be able to do that, though.
Thankful that Soph was okay with the small audience, Granny smiled a thanks. Then as she went on about how evolution works, the old woman looked more fascinated and curious. There was so much to know! And the young lady was being so thoughtful by explaining it. "That would be a great help," She said, eager to know how to evolve her pokemon, but more eager to see what evolution is like.
And apparently, it's quite bright. The bell started to glow, and with it Seseli glowed as well. Edwin's jaw dropped in surprise, causing Clementine's backpack to plop onto the ground. Margaret cheered eagerly by smacking her bone club on the ground. And Everett had many happy tippy taps on top of Edwin's back.
With evolution, their names change as well. He went from a Riolu, to a Lucario. She took note of the differences, careful to make sure to properly remember the different name. "Now he's all grown up! But is he the same Seseli you knew before?" He wasn't much larger, but his body did change a lot. Did that affect who they are on the inside?
There were so many questions circling Clementine's thoughts, and Soph was kind enough to help her out with all of them. The young lady came near her with her phone out, and explained Margaret's evolution options. The cubone apparently had more then one possibility, which made Margaret eager to get stronger. When Soph told them of Everett's evolution information, he bleated excitedly and bounced off of Edwins back.
Edwin shuffled at the ground softly and let out a quiet grumble, why wasn't he included in this? Clementine noticed and went over to pet him, "Oh, Edwin dear, I'm sorry," She said simply, not having the heart to say it outright. Edwin took this as a sign that she just wanted to surprise him, and eagerly perked his head back up. He bets that he'll have the coolest evolution of them all when his time came around!
Clementine, thinking her tauros understood her apology, smiled at Soph, "Thank you so much, it's comforting to have someone walk me through all this strange information."
The young woman couldn't help but giggle at the Tauros's reaction and then looked back to Seseli as the other woman questioned if he was still the same personality as before. "Sometimes, their attitudes and demeanor can change a little, but... mostly, they're the same. I'll have to spend some time with him to really know, of course. They don't lose their memories, for instance. He still knows me, right, Seseli?"
The now-Lucario gave a nod and brought his paws to really look at them, seeming pretty proud of himself despite the fact he was barely any bigger. When poor Edwin seemed disappointed, Soph gave a smile. "Tauros are strong naturally and, well, I think they usually depend on their herds so... I've never heard of an evolution for him, but we're discovering new evolutions all the time. Maybe he'll be one of the first to evolve," she said as brightly as she could.
Then she focused more on Clementine and shrugged shyly. "It's really no problem. I... well, I love Pokemon and, you know, I read a lot about them, so... the more information I can share, the more I feel better, or well, I guess more just 'the better things are'. You know?" With a small blush on her face, she scratched her cheek and looked toward the grass with a bashful, nervous smile plastered there.
Tag: A baby through and through, this little boy is prone to getting distracted at the drop of a hat. It will take some time and patience to get him to focus on anything long enough to listen. For 5 battles, at the beginning of each encounter the player must roll a 60 or greater for obedience. 0/5
A wild Snorlax has appeared!
What will you do?
Tackle, Recycle, Covet, Fling
Tag: This Snorlax is a snuggly bear. No, really, she loves to snuggle. Except that's all she seems to like to do and unfortunately tends to be a bit clingy and smothering. Not to mention that she believes she's still the size she was before evolution. For 10 threads, the player must roll an obedience check of 70 or greater. Failing that, the player must roll an injury check of 50 or greater for the person or pokemon given her affection. 0/10
Clementine was fascinated by this, but her fascination was diverted for a second as Margaret started pulling at Edwin's tail playfully. Before the cubone could cause any more trouble, the elderly lady said, "Now now, back in your ball before you cause issues." and recalled Margaret back into her pokeball. Edwin sighed with relief and flopped his tails around some as a thanks.
Soph then went on to explain that while there could be differences after evolution, they're still the same pokemon at heart. "I'm glad they don't change a lot, then. It'd be sad if they forgot everything."
Edwin lost hope and regained some when Soph explained that there were no known evolutions for him. But like she said, who knows? Maybe Edwin could be the first of his kind. A trend setter. A role model. He lifted his head proudly, and set his sights on a new goal: learning how to evolve, where no Tauros has gone before! Clementine noticed his exitement and chuckled lightly, "It looks like you've really brought his spirits back up." She said.
Granny was about to agree with her and as Seseli how he felt, but a large bumbling figure in the grass caught her eye. Next to the Snorlax, which she didn't know the name for, was an energetic puppy nipping at the toes of the larger pokemon. Oh no, goodness knows the personality of that blue creature. "One second dear, I see a puppy nipping at a blue mound." She told Soph, then called Everett to her side. "Stay back, Edwin. It's time Everett makes a friend." She commanded. Edwin huffed, but obliged, and sat down next to Soph. Before she could tell Everett to try and befriend the Rockruff (of which she also didn't know its species), the bold skiddo was already partway through using Tackle.
The attack landed with a yelp from the surprised pup, and Granny swore lightly under her breath. "Everett, get back here! I ain't tell ya to hit it now!" She called, a bit of her rural accent slipping from frustration. Everett began to listen, but the Rockruff retaliated with a Tackle to the retreating skiddo. He bleated angrily and prepareted for another attack. But before he could begin, Clementine tossed a great ball at the Rockruff, "You were supposed to be nice!" She complained, watching the ball carefully.
Summary: Attempting to capture the Rockruff with a Great Ball
With the return of the Cubone and the reassurance of Edwin, Soph smiled warmly. Clementine and her Pokemon were so sweet and she felt a lot less nervous. "I'm glad, too. Seseli is very serious, but he mostly just wants to prove how strong he is. It's tough being different and he's much smaller than the average of his species," she explained, though probably more than necessary. She looked over to the commotion nearby and mentally giggled a little at the Snorlax being called a mound. That certainly wasn't... inaccurate. As the Tauros sat down beside her, she reached over to give him a pat.
"You're wonderful the way you are, by the way," she reassured him. She could understand wanting to evolve and that's why she chose the word 'wonderful' instead of 'perfect'. What mattered was what he (and Granny) wanted. She'd be excited to see an evolution of Tauros, honestly. Turning her attention back to the impromptu battle, she giggled quietly at the interaction. Lifting a hand to cover her mouth, Soph hoped she hadn't been insulting with the laugh or, better yet, that it wasn't heard at all.
Problem, though. The moment the Rockruff was sucked up into the ball, the Snorlax shifted to get up. As the ball shook, she peered around with a yawn. People! Pokemon! Ooh! Despite the fact that Everett and even Clementine were closer, the large teddy bear started making her way toward Soph and the two Pokemon by her. Arms outstretched, she'd move in to attempt giving the girl a hug, only to have Seseli send her toppling to the side with a well-placed Force Palm.
Eyes widened, Soph lifted a hand to stop the Lucario as he moved in to attack again. "I know you want to prove yourself, Seseli, but let's let Cleo get some experience," she offered and sent out a Carnivine. The fighting-type stood by, arms crossed and watching to make sure nothing went wrong. The Carnivine turned and waved gleefully at Soph, then Seseli, and then the other new people! Oh, how nice to see friends!
"C'mon, Cleo, focus," Soph called gently and the grass-type turned back to the Snorlax as the wild righted herself again. Big squishy hug-target, thought Cleo, only to get a little panicked as the Pokemon in question in turn tried to hug her with all her might. "Use Slam," came the instruction, which the Carnivine followed through on. The Snorlax realized she wasn't getting snuggles and Tackled in retaliation. After a Growth and a few more exchanges of attacks, Soph went ahead and tossed a Pokeball at the Snorlax.
Edwin's tail's rhythmically hit the ground as he received a pat from Soph, he grunted a thanks quietly. But as soon as the Snorlax started to make its move, Edwin fled Soph's side and rushed over to Clementine's side protectively. Everett baa'd angrily, he was perfectly capable of protecting her, there was no need for Edwin here in the small skiddo's mind.
Clementine and her two pokemon watched Soph and Cleo's battle carefully. The pokemon were interested in seeing how Cleo battled, and Granny was beyond confused at whatever type of pokemon the angry plant with a mouth was. She was so discracted by Cleo that she didn't get a good look at the snorlax, and soon the battle was over.
"That was a sight to see," She said, tentatively walking closer to Soph and her pokemon, "You said the name Cleo, is that the name of your.. uhh.. plant friend?" While the old woman wouldn't say it out loud, she did think that whatever type of pokemon Cleo was was absolutely ugly, and a bit scary looking.
As the Pokeball dinged shut, Cleo happily went over to scoop it up. Soph took the time it took her to get closer to send Dacus, her Buneary, back to storage so she could keep the Snorlax with them and maybe work on the behavior while she had someone else nearby. To Granny, she offered a smile and a nod. "This is Cleo," she confirmed as she reached out to give the rough plant skin a pat while taking the Pokeball. Cleo's leaves immediately wrapped around Soph happily, hugging her trainer in delight.
"She's a Carnivine," came the explanation. "Her species doesn't evolve that we know of, either." Soph gave a smile to Edwin before returning the grass-type to her Pokeball. "Did you end up catching the other Pokemon?" She hadn't gotten a chance to really see the exchange since she'd had a rather large Pokemon stampeding her way.
Upon hearing that Cleo also didn't evolve, Edwin's eyes lit up and he mooed eagerly at the strange plant pokemon. He looked a bit saddened when she was returned to her pokeball, though, and huffed in frustration in response.
"Cleo, huh?" Clementine said, still wrapping her mind around the pokemon despite it being put away now. "I've never seen a pokemon like that. They come in more shapes and sized then I originally thought."
The elderly woman welcomed the change of topic, though, and nodded at Soph's question. "Yeah, I caught that eager little thing." She said with a soft smile while pulling the puppy's pokeball and freeing him from it. The energetic rockruff barked playfully and ran around in a circle, "I've decided to name him Norbert." She said with a small smile, watching the young rockruff run in circles trying to catch its tail. "Did you get that mound? It seemed awfully eager." While Clementine thought the girl had, it was hard to tell how much the elderly woman truly knew about pokemon.
The girl smiled at the knowledge that the pup now had a good human (at least Granny seemed like a great person to Soph). Watching Norbert run around, she giggled quietly and then looked back up. "Oh, yeah. I... caught it. Better than leaving it to... do whatever it was doing to someone else, you know?" She had a feeling that the Snorlax hadn't meant harm, but she couldn't verify that at the moment.
Kneeling down, she held out a hand toward the Rockruff and would pet him if he wanted some attention. Either way, she'd then take out her phone and look up some information on him. "Norbert is a Pokemon species called Rockruff. A Rock-type Pokemon, so he's very sturdy. He can evolve too, but... there's three possible evolutions so I'd get used to evolution before trying to help him with it," she tried to explain. For a person new to Pokemon training, Clementine certainly had an interesting group so far.
Soph seemed like a capable trainer, So Clementine didn't doubt her ability to handle the mound. But it was large. "Will you be okay with it on your own? It's awfully big." Clementine asked, still worrying about her despite the knowledge she's shown.
As soon as Soph bent down, Norbert ran over to her and soaked up the petting and attention she offered. If she decided to pet him, the eager puppy would try to play with her hand excitedly between pets. Playful barks and growls would be heard, as well as his tail thumping on everything nearby from wagging so much.
Clementine listened carefully to Soph's knowledge, thankful she was so ready with all of the questions Clementine has about her new family member. "A rock type with three evolutions? That's interesting. Margaret's a rock type too, I think, so hopefully they'll get along." Granny said eagerly, confusing rock and ground types for the same thing.
At the thought of the freshly caught rockruff, Clementine looked in her bag. "I only have enough room for one more pokemon, so hopefully we don't encounter too many more that I want." She said, her brows furrowed slightly from the thought of being denied a family member due to her poor planning.