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.
Tell us a little about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
"I live for friendly competition. Card games, board games, video games...any way I can show how much better I am than you at battles of speed and wits. Outside the field of competition, I'm a little sarcastic, but otherwise generally nice and understanding. I'm normally slow to anger and quick to forgive, but am a completely different person to anyone foolish enough to push me past that breaking point. Get on my good side and you will have a friend for life. Get on my bad side...and well, you don't want to know what happens."
Why are you interested in the class you've chosen?
"Racing and battles share a lot of overlapping skills - speed, endurance, quick thinking...I could go on a for a while. Taking on the Gym Challenge keeps our skills sharp in the racing offseason. As this is my side venture, I doubt I would be able to compete in the League even if I qualified - most Leagues schedule their main event right in the heart of the racing season."
Why are you interested in training in Arciel? Why not another region?
"I need to keep my Pokémon sharp in the offseason, and I would like to try challenging another League. Five Badges was my limit back home in Johto - that Steelix of Jasmine's can't be taken down with a team optimized for racing. I would also like to see what kind of interest there would be in expanding the Pokémon Racing Federation to Arciel and being an advocate to them for doing so. It's a real joy for both the Pokémon and the Trainer. There have got to be some natural features perfect for making tracks unlike anything back in Johto."
What do you consider your best attributes? They can be physical, mental, social, or anything else.
"I've been told my tenacity is one of my best qualities - with enough of a desire and the determination to follow through, anything is possible. I'm also a very fast learner and very good at coming up with the best solution within a defined set of rules. I got really far at the Battle Frontier when I went there. I'm also honest with people--some people have even told me I'm brutally honest, not afraid to tell things exactly how they are, even if it will hurt others' feelings. Could be good or bad, depending on how sensitive of a person you are."
What do you consider your worst attributes? Be honest, now!
"People have told me I have a tough time reading in between the lines...that I take everything at face value or something. I've also been told I'm somewhat rash and don't always think things through before acting. I have also on some occasions become socially abusive and violent when pushed beyond my breaking point. I've also been called insensitive, but those people probably just couldn't handle the truth. Truth hurts sometimes!"
What was your childhood like? How was school?
"Growing up, I was that child that had different interests than everyone else, and got called names for actually liking math class. Even the teachers hated me because I would tutor differently than they taught - didn't like my shortcuts or something. Why does it matter how you got to the right answer as long as the way you did it was not wrong?
High school was worse somehow - I was that intellectual that everyone picked on until senior year, then got so popular that I couldn't get everyone to be left alone. The only things keeping me off the honor roll were all the abstract subjects like art and literature. I almost got held back a grade one year by flunking a literature class."
How is your relationship with your family?
"We're on good terms, but I probably should call them more than I actually do. They're too stubborn to use e-mail or text. I lost both of my grandparents to a terrible disease a few years ago, making my parents and their six sisters my only living relatives."
What do you like to do for fun?
"When not on the track, I'm an avid rhythm and retro gamer. I especially like playing games that change themselves within certain limitations every time you play - some people call them rogue-likes. It's a great test of mental agility. I can't play games of complete information well at all - stick a chessboard in front of me and I'll lose to a nine-year-old.
There are also certain Pokémon breeders I follow. The process of cultivating the perfect specimen is intriguing, but I could never have the patience to do it myself. There's a lot of money in it, though - Pokémon of extreme sizes go for hundreds of thousands, even millions, of Pen back home. Way too rich for my blood."
What are your feelings on romance?
"I'm single and not looking."
What are your goals for the future? Short-term and long-term.
"In the short term, I'd like to research Arciel's wildlife to the point where I can build my ideal racing team. Long-term, I'd like to merge Arciel's Pokémon racing league into the Federation and get it officially recognized, or if there isn't one, to drum up enough interest to start a new chapter of it. Otherwise, being an Electric Gym Leader would be amazing. "
If you could be a Pokemon, what species or typing would you choose and why?
"Whichever one runs the fastest. Back home, there's a legend of a divine Pokémon called Raikou that can jump into and out of storm clouds. It runs so fast that nothing on land can even hope to catch it, and being an Electric-type means it can clip the wings of flying Pokémon that are faster than it. Barring that, I really like Fire, Electric, Flying, and Dragon types in general."
What do Pokemon mean to you?
"The fast ones are partners that get to share the glory of the checkered flag. If they're not fast, I don't like them. While celebrity racers don't get paid as much as celebrity Trainers, racing feels less like you're being a coach to your Pokémon and more that you're fighting and training alongside them. Electric, Fire, Dragon, and Flying types are the best to me, though there are plenty of exceptions."
Anything else you'd like to tell us about before you go?
"What's the Pokémon Racing Federation, you ask? It's the governing body that oversees amateur, semi-pro, and professional Pokémon racing. Thirty riders at a time compete atop their Pokémon, running on unique tracks full of sudden curves and other hazards. While you're not allowed to attack other racers directly, attacking moves that increase speed, such as Quick Attack, Flame Charge, Agility, and Extreme Speed are permitted after the race's first lap is completed..so long as you think your Pokémon has the endurance to finish the race despite the extra exertion. It requires far more coordination between trainer and Pokémon than simple battles do. They're just as fun to watch as regular battles, too.
Oh yeah, If you hear me talking to myself out loud, don't mind me. Thinking out loud helps me think harder."
6'00" / 183cm
Josh is typically dressed in colors that stand out, favoring fiery reds and oranges, electric yellows and whites, and royal blues and purples. His black, middle-cut hair is almost always a mess from never being combed. Tall and big-boned, his build makes him look a lot more intimidating than he actually is.
Josh's Aura is a bright, sparking yellow that stands out even from great distances, extending well past his frame.
Skills, Abilities, & Notoriety
0 - Neutral
Josh's negative Stealth score is due to a highly projecting voice. It takes conscious effort for him to speak softly. He won't state it publicly (yet), but meeting and riding the legendary Pokémon Raikou is his dream as a Trainer. Not to be its Trainer, necessarily, but to be its ally.
Hard A (Electrike - Jolly, Male, Large, Not Shiny, Lightning Rod, Electro Ball)
OOC or IC?
ORIGINAL - Artist Credit: KiniroOniba @ deviantART
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Electro Ball, Tackle, Thunder Wave, Leer
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