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.
A breath drew in and out of Gabe, and a small, forced laugh escaped right after. He registered the thoughts of Naoki and their numerous Pokemon, but at least Clopper’s fears weren’t drilling through his skull right then. Was it hurting him? ‘No pain no gain….’ He projected back reaching up to rub his temples. ‘It helps when there’s less noise around.’ Noise… being thoughts.
The question thereafter had Gabe pausing. What did he sound like? Er— what did they sound like? A low hum escaped from Gabe, and he shrugged his shoulders. ‘Medium pitch….. kind of like a little kid.’ He smirked just a little at that teasingly.
Onsei from above tilted his head, listening to the projected thoughts with a critical ear. Curious. It sounded different than Naoki's--though that was a given--but not just in "sound". There was a push to it. He didn't need to seek out the thoughts, they came to him instead. How interesting. He hadn't had another to communicate with like this since he'd become part of Naoki's team. But given the pain Gabe was feeling...maybe that was a good thing. He didn't need headaches--not with his head being most of his body.
Y-O-U H-A-V-E A W-E-I-R-D I-D-E-A O-F- "G-A-I-N", H-U-M-A-N.
Naoki frowned at Onsei again, but also at the admittance that this was causing Gabe some pain. How much they didn't know but...they still didn't like it. Don't strain yourself, please. I don't think I'm worth it. Naoki blinked at the next string of thought to come to them. Blinked, then blushed a deep scarlet color. What--but I'm not--I'm twenty-six! Why would I sound like a child?? They raised a hand to try to hide their face, but the pale skin of their hands only made their red cheeks stand out more. Onsei just let out a peal of beep-laughs from above them. H-A-H H-A-H. Urgh, he was the worst today...!
That's so embarrassing...I could have gone my whole life without knowing that... Their thoughts were weakened by the laughter they felt bubbling in their chest. Little anxious, awkward chuckles that they couldn't hear either. Did their voice sound like that, too? Or did it sound different? No, nope, they didn't need to know that either. Not right now.
The Elgyem’s thoughts had Gabe glancing sideways at him, and a small smirkish smile pulled at the corners of his mouth. ‘Says the one who uses waiting for evolution as an excuse to project thoughts like that’he answered, focusing his power solely on the psychic then. Did he really need to be sassing someone else’s Pokemon? Especially with that headache in the back of his mind balling up and ready burst? Heh, ah well.
Naoki’s thoughts cut in, though, and Gabe’s eyes flicked forward to them again. His lips quirked a little at the insistence that it wasn’t worth it. Tell that to Harriet… He kept those thoughts to himself, though. Instead, he only chuckled at Naoki’s sudden onslaught of thoughts regarding his comment. ‘You’re the one who asked….’ he reminded them.
Somehow despite not having a mouth, Onsei managed to make a extended beep that might have been a "scoff"? Or Gabe might have been reading it as a scoff. Either or.
I S-P-E-A-K I-N T-E-X-T. I-T-S E-A-S-I-E-R T-H-A-N P-R-O-J-E-C-T-I-N-G S-I-G-N-S.
Completely unaware of the short exchange between the two natural psychics, Naoki had their hands still up over their face, still trying to smother their blush and their laughter. Darn it. He was right. But why did he have to be? Alas, I'm betrayed by my own curiosity...is this why they say it kills cats? Extreme embarrassment? Another small noise of amusement-slash-awkwardness before lowering their hands to hold onto the straps of their pack, slight but still bright smile on their face. Under the red cheeks. Bah. It's weird, because when I think, I'm thinking in, like, you know...signs? Kind of? Or at least the general action or words behind the signs. You're the first time I think I've heard a voice, if this is what this is? I don't even know how I'd explain it, it's too abstract.
It's still utterly amazing, don't get me wrong. Even if I'm mortified over my brain-voice.
A small rustling of bushes--not nearly so hectic as before--passed by Naoki unnoticed, but the pair of Pokemon scuttling by were spotted in their peripheral vision. The Nidoran was quite large, but the Paras...hmm, the mushrooms that grew on the back of a Paras--and its evolutionary form Parasect--had so many uses, both for medicine and potion making. Naoki was curious to see what they might be able to make with them. Tapping their shoulder they got Kashi's attention again, who gnawed gently on their finger in faint protest before hopping down onto the ground below. Naoki gave a quick three snaps with their hand, and forward she charged, headbutting into the completely unsuspecting Paras. It made a confused "raaaaaa??" noise and turned on Kashi to land a pincer into her sweet, pastry-shaped "flesh", but all that did was make her madder. Another four snaps and she headbutted once more, knocking the Paras onto its back and leaving it wriggling with its legs in the air. Naoki tossed out a pokeball.
The Nidoran who had been watching the whole time apparently took offense to her friend being caught, and rushed to scratch at Kashi as well. Her hit was a bit stronger than the Paras and set Kashi back a few paces, growling in pain. Naoki frowned a little. They didn't need a Nidoran, but they didn't want to leave her angry if the Paras had been a friend, so was it only right to catch her as well? Onsei, they glanced up at the Elgyem, Try to confuse her, and I'll get her as well. Onsei shrugged his little shoulders and shot a ball of light in the direction of the Nidoran. The damage was hard and sudden, and the poor Nidoran almost went down from it. Oh. Right. Psychic was strong against Poison.
Oops. Naoki winced, tossing a second ball at the Nidoran, Didn't mean to hit it so hard...
Gabe Alim @mods WC: 540 I actually forgot, too, about Psychic v. Poison. (15/15) Cleared!
Gabe snickered. As much fun as he was having antagonizing the psychic alien, he knew better than to keep going. They shared some traits, but that didn’t mean one wasn’t significantly more powerful— that not being Gabe in this case.
Instead, he found himself listening into Naoki’s embarrassment which was significantly funnier and with less risk in this case. At the more philosophical questions, Gabe shrugged his shoulders. ‘I find I can learn languages faster by reading someone’s mind than hearing them speak…’ he noted thinking of one such Kalosian right then. ‘Might be something like that.’
‘Is that so, human?’Gabe went rigid as a different mind spoke clearly, succinctly, sharply, into his own. His eyes flashed backwards and upwards to find a Delphox sitting cross legged in a tree. Had she been there before? Surely not. His eyes pulled back to Naoki again, but the latter seemed to be dealing with or potentially catching a few smaller Pokemon. Yellow eyes flickered back to the Delphox again.
‘Attracted to my natural psychic prowess?’he asked. The Delphox rolled her eyes even if yes the sheer density of psychic energy in the area had drawn her there in the first place. Gabe, however, couldn’t help but be interested in yet another psychic fire type. ‘I have one of your type already…’he commented.
‘My Type?’The Delphox tilted her head to one side even as Gabe reached up and released a Pokeball showing Merli the Delphox almost immediately after. On seeing her, though, Merli almost immediately blushed— immediately causing the other Delphox to blush as well. ‘Ah… well… hi….’
That was.... not exactly what Gabe was expecting, but hell he'd roll with it, he guessed. ‘Gabeeeeee what are you doing?’Merli whipped around to look him in the eyes and frown. Gabe just grinned a little harder tan he had before. ‘I swear to Lord Arceus you need to stop trying to set me up I know I’m…’
She couldn’t say it, so Gabe did. ‘Sorry I forgot you were a useless lesbian?’Merli glared at him, and Gabe snickered.
‘Hey how about you two battle and see where it goes, hm?'Merli looked back at Gabe with utter protest until:
‘I wouldn’t mind a battle…’the wild Delphox answered, and Merli blushed.
‘Heh…. Good… Merli… Shadow Ball…’Merli was not pleased with this order, but thinking about things in terms of a battle did help… kind of….The Ghostly energy ball went shooting out of her wand and towards the other Delphox, but the latter flipped back and dropped down from the branch avoiding the maneuver. The battle was on. Psychic for Psychic, they were equals, but Merli knew Shadow Ball, and that was enough to do some much needed damage. When the Delphox had been hit a couple of times, Gabe threw a Ultra Ball.
Using an Ultra Ball.
Shiny Charm: 1/50 shiny chance Lucky Egg is to whoever is battling EXP Share is on Meowth Party: Charmeleon (Lizbeth, 50, Huge!), Gogoat (Clopper, 44, Average), Delphox (Merli, 43 - > 45, Large), Fletchinder (Fireflight, 20, Huge!), Meowth (Nails, Alolan, 17 -> 18), Jolteon (Pokey, 37, Large)
Naoki quickly moved to gather up the pair of pokeballs with their new friends inside, giving a small nod of apology to the Nidoran's in particular. They had to be more careful with type advantages in the future--sometimes they just forgot how strong Onsei really was, and how many Pokemon were weak to psychic powers. Speaking of psychics...
Oh, wow! A pair of Delphox! Er--Delphi? They slid the pokeballs into their pack and came to stand sort of behind Gabe and watched the action. What was the plural of "Delphox"? Whatever it was, it was amazing the luck that Gabe had when finding new Pokemon. Did he like Fire-types? He'd been so fast to grab that whatever-the-fuck fire-bug that had scared them all (sans Gabe) to bits, and now despite already clearly having a Delphox he was catching another. Maybe he planned on breeding them? Did Delphox have any tell-tale signs of gender dimorphism? None that Naoki knew about.
Once the wild Delphox was caught Naoki waved at the other one, attention returning to Gabe. Onsei, however, floated over the head of the far stronger psychic, once again very curious about her. H-E-L-L-O. He waved a stubby little arm at her. Naoki smiled. That was amazing--is your whole team made up of pretty high-level Pokemon? And, uh, I'm going to guess that you have a type? The Gogoat was the obvious discrepancy, but three out of four Pokemon being Fire-types was still a good guess. What are you going to name them? And...oh! Aren't Delphox natural psychics, too? Hello there if you are.
As the Pokeball dinged in capture, Gabe smirked a little to himself. Too bad he didn’t have enough room in his party and that Pokeball immediately went off to his PC. He would have liked to have seen how Merli dealt with this new Delphox further.
Instead, his attention went to Naoki as their thoughts came to his mind again. A small smirk turned into a toothy, cheesy grin thereafter. ‘Fire Types are my specialty,’ he replied. ‘And I do quite a bit of training and traveling.’ For various reasons now, but none of which he wanted to necessarily explain to Naoki right then. The questions continued, though, and his eyes flicked to Merli thereafter.
The Delphox was looking at the Elgyem with a curious but guarded look. She’d never seen anything quite like Onsei, and while she registered him as a Psychic…. There was something off about him??? He felt foreign in a way that she couldn’t put her finger on. ‘Hello…’ she finally answered. At least it was easier to focus now that the other Delphox was captured….
‘I’ll have to think of a name later. I don’t have one for her on the spot,’ Gabe answered looking back at Naoki again. ‘Delphox are natural Psychics and natural Fire types… kind of the best of both aesthetics.’ Gabe chuckled a little and shrugged his shoulders. ‘But …. Lizbeth, my Charmeleon, is my starter Pokemon. I’ve always been drawn to Fire Types after getting her.’ Not technically a lie but not technically the truth either right then. ‘Do you have a favorite Type?’ Was it him, or was this actually getting easier … communication wise? Huh.
Just as Naoki had guessed, Gabe dealt with Fire-types the most. That would explain why he hadn't been frightened by the giant fire-bug-thing and more like "COME AT ME", though that could have been chalked up to something else...not that Naoki would ever think something like that about an acquaintance, that would be rude. They felt a small head nudging their ankle and without even looking bent to pick Kashi back up, holding her this time in their arms rather than setting her on their head. She let out a squeak.
Hah, I think it's really nice to have an aesthetic for your team. She is lovely, too. I hope she does well in your party! Naoki looked down at Kashi, then up at Onsei, trying to figure out a common theme between the two of them. Small wasn't right, not with Onsei's size. "Cute" fit Kashi and, yes, they thought Onsei was cute as well but he was a bit of an acquired taste. They were both on the "strange" side of Pokemon appearances, too. I'm too early in the actually "catching" part of Pokemon to really have my own....I'm not sure what I'd call my "type".. Grass is easier to have on my farm, since they can help with plant growth, but Onsei has been with me for almost a decade. I guess I just have eclectic taste? Onsei gave his trainer a small beeped "scoff" again.
That message was not, in fact, shared with Naoki. And yet they just felt an urge to stare up at their Elgyem judgmentally. Like some sort of sixth sense of their own, for when their starter was being a snarky little punk behind their back. Or above their head.
A Charmeleon! How exciting! Are they as strong as they say? Naoki's smile grew a little more, excitement bleeding into their features. From the name they assumed she was a girl. That was rare for a Charmander, right? Did you get her from Kanto, or was she born up here? I've seen a lot of the Chimchar line, growing up in Sinnoh, but not a lot of Charmander...they look so sweet, though, when they're little...but I guess you could say that about a lot of younger Pokemon, couldn't you? Fennekin are absolutely adorable--ah, not that you're not still very impressive, Ms Delphox!
Gabe grinned. He was sure this new Delphox would fit right in amongst his hot mess of Fire Pokemon. Either that or he would have a fiery explosion on his hand, and even that wasn’t too terrible. As Naoki seemed to think over what their Pokemon were, though, Gabe felt the corner of his mouth quirk. The Cute Type— W-wow a decade? Gabe found his eyes growing a tad as he registered that. Wait how old was Naoki?
Merli rolled her eyes at Onsei’s assurance that he was the favorite. 'Lucky you' was the answer. She knew well enough she wasn’t the favorite of Gabe’s party, but her Fire did bring some special acknowledgements. She almost felt bad for the other Pokemon he had sans Clopper who seemed to have wormed her way in as a much-needed non-hostile Grass companion. But speaking of Gabe’s favorite Fire Type.
‘She’s incredibly strong!’ Gabe answered, his eyes a light with something almost manic in nature. He loved talking about Lizbeth, and it was entirely too obvious then. ‘I got here in Birch City actually… She’s been at my side for almost five years now.’ Gabe had never actually been to Kanto, but he found their starters, all of them, were appealing. ‘I knew that I wanted a Charmander from the lab, though!’ Never mind that he had showed up out of the blue leaving the professor to scramble for a starter, heh.
Oh they’re from Sinnoh hm… That stray thought would be folded up in the back of Gabe’s mind for later. Back on how cute and perfect Lizbeth was! Oh—
Oh, Merli was staring at him with her arms folded and a soft ridiculing look in her eyes. Her gaze flicked to Naoki right after and she managed a foxy smile. ‘Thank you, Naoki,’ was all that they would receive in response.
Gabe smirked a little. 'Ah... back on Fire types... I was actually considering climbing the Grumble Volcano....' That was before Clopper got spooked and took off running, though.
Ahahahah, wow, he was suddenly so much more animated when he got to talking about his starter. That was so sweet. Naoki audibly chuckled, soft and a little lower, perhaps, than the "voice" in their thoughts. I got Onsei in Birch as well. I was looking especially for a naturally telepathic Pokemon, and had sent out a few emails to professors asking for them. I thought about going to Kalos for a Fenneken, but, well, the word got to us about an Elgyem in Arciel and I thought he was more than worth the trip. Naoki's gaze softened as they watched Onsei continue to drift over their heads. Onsei caught this look and looked away. His skin didn't really allow for a blush to show through, buuut...
What made you want a Charmander in the first place, if you don't mind my asking?
Naoki looked behind themselves towards the towering silhouette of the volcano. There was no snow falling right now, so no strange black flecks were falling from the sky from its direction, but it still loomed large and powerful like a sleeping giant. With your team I'm sure you'd be fine. If you Gogoat has calmed down, of course. Actually. Naoki held up a finger, then pointed it to their pack. I'm going into Ash to sell the berries from my farm. I have a few that may help you, if you'd like some? Aguav berries are excellent sources of energy, especially for larger Pokemon. They've very bitter though.
Without even needing to look to see where the pouches of their pack were, Naoki reached behind their head and undid one, pulling out a plump green and yellow berry. Its skin was clean and shiny and it was soft to the touch, but not too soft. I grow a lot of them in winter, since they don't need very much sunlight. If you'd like a couple, I'm more than happy to give you a few so your Pokemon will be safe on your journey. They smiled softly, and also held out the berry for Merli to look at if she desired. No charge.
Oh? Naoki had come all this way for Elgyem? Huh, Gabe guessed other regions did tend to have standard Pokemon they handed out instead of seemingly every possible Pokemon under the sun as the Birch City lab did, heh. He was lucky to already have been there in that sense, heh. The question, though, earned a soft, warm grin. He’d been about to answer when Merli interjected of her own accord.
‘He’s a fan of lizards. Don’t ask me why.’ A pause. ‘Lizards and Fire.’ Gabe grinned a little at her at that. The Delphox rolled her eyes softly and smiled.
‘It’s…. I always wanted to be a Fire trainer and…. Charmander were the cutest of all Fire Pokemon…’ Gabe chuckled a little at that as some color came to his features. He still remembered Lizbeth’s bright smile and very round eyes and…..Eheheheheh. She was so cute. Even now in her Charmeleon form, despite her own worries, he found her to be absolutely adorable.
Hmm?? Berries? Gabe looked from Naoki to the volcano and back again. Well, he supposed that would actually be a good thing to have depending. Pokemon could hold onto berries very easily, after all. The green and yellow berry that was produced had his eyebrow raising. They were… very strange looking, not your typical store-bought berries, probably….? And Gabe, Gabe could not refuse the chance for free stuff. His eyes flashed between Naoki and Merli waiting to see how the latter took it.
Merli looked a little more cautiously at the berry before slowly taking it into her hands and sniffing it carefully before taking a small bite. Hm. It was…. by far not her favorite taste (that went to dry flavors), but it was alright. ‘Thank you…. It’s not bad….’ she smiled a little.
Gabe continued to be so warm--if one could excuse such a pun--while talking about this Charmander that he adored so much. Well, Charmeleon, but the point still stood. Even with his Delphox poking fun at it his joy didn't fade at all. Naoki couldn't help but smile at it. That sort of love for one's Pokemon was so good, so sweet...it was contagious. And it made them forget for a moment that Gabe could hear their thoughts just long enough for them to slip up. He calls her cute, but he's also so cute when he smiles...
...oh, whoops, um, Naoki's pale skin darkened just a touch, and their smile turned sheepish. Was that out loud? Or, uh, I guess it wasn't "out loud" but you...heard that. Sorry. Just. Making a passing observation. I guess this is why a mental filter is needed.
Naoki coughed, rubbing at their cheek with their palm and hoping that didn't bother him too much. Onsei let out another long beeping sound. It was probably an amused sigh.
The berry was plucked out of their hand and Naoki nodded, and with their hands free they began to properly remove their pack from their back and set it in front of themselves. Most of the pockets of the satchel were lined specifically for keeping the fruit and berries inside them fresh, with only the inner-most meant for holding things like travel clothes or money, and the smaller ones on the side meant for pokeballs and other quickly-needed items like potions. Not that Naoki really used them when they had berries. The pocket with the Aguav berries was sill opened so they just had to draw a few more out. They handed three to Gabe, held in a little wicker box.
Here are the Aguav berries. I have a couple more that may interest you as well, Naoki unzipped another pocket and drew a pair of different berries from inside--they were kept apart inside by a cardboard divider. One was simple and round, not unlike the Aguav but without its yellow stripes, and the other was, uh, interesting. Like somebody had turned a Carvanha into a small, round, green and yellow berry. This one is a Weapear berry, and this one is a Rabuta berry. Wild Pokemon really like them, and might even be convinced to stay in a fight or even join you without a battle if you offer them one.
If you're going to capture more Pokemon near the volcano, these sound perfect, right?