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Welcome one and all to my very first unevolved challenge. C: I've been looking forward to this for a while, and I'm excited to finally share it with you! First off, let's get right into the rules.
1. No Pokémon in the party will ever be allowed to evolve.
2. Aside from Pokémon that do not have an evolution line, no fully evolved Pokémon will be eligible to join the team. Middle-stage Pokémon are allowed so long as they were caught in this stage.
3. Only the first encounter in an area that meets requirements for the team may be captured.
4. Legendaries are not allowed.
5. With the exception of any Pokémon caught after the final gym, only Pokémon that participated in a gym battle will be eligible to enter the Pokémon League.
6. I’m allowed to pass on duplicates and Pokémon of the same evolution line as a past encounter if I so choose.
Relatively straight-forward, I would say! I'll be naming all of my Pokemon after characters from games I've enjoyed. The theme has nothing to do with Shiloh's character, but I've been wanting to use it for a while. ;P
With that out of the way, let's jump right in to a brief prologue to our upcoming journey!
Hello, fans and future fans. <3 After two years, I’m finally on my way to Unova! I’ve asked to go on a Pokémon journey for ages, but I’ve been stuck under the rule of overprotective parents who are afraid of some petty thieves and concerned that I’m not “mature enough” to go out on my own. All this time, I’ve known I was destined for greatness, but I’ve been stifled by so-called authority figures. Well, not anymore.
That’s right, I’m finally going to have my chance. Once I arrive at my grandpa’s place, I’ll get a Pokémon of my own, and we’re going to take this region by storm. I’ve got all the makings of a winner; I won’t stop until I’m the Champion of the Unova region.
Of course, not everyone is so fortunately equipped to succeed, so I’m taking it upon myself to share my story with all of you so that you, too, might be able to find success in your own endeavors. A word of warning, however: not everyone has what it takes to succeed through my methods. There is one quality so central to who I am, one principle so vital to everything that I accomplished, and without it I doubt you could follow in my footsteps.
To follow this guide, you have to be cute. Really cute.
Cute people succeed more easily with less effort – it’s unfortunate, but if you weren’t born with that certain charm, this guide may not be of any use to you. You can still give it a try, of course, but you do so at your own risk. If you do think you have something to gain from this guide, then let’s turn the page and start this journey together.
After a long flight, I’ve arrived in Aspertia City, the home of my grandfather. I call it his “home” but he actually just moved here recently. I took one look at the little backwater town he had been living in and brought out my strongest weapon – the puppy-dog eyes. Here’s a principle on how to be successful for you – ensure that you start with the greatest possible advantage. That little town that’s only known for some professor’s lab? It offered me nothing. Instead, I can now set out from a city that houses its own Gym. You see what I’m getting at here?
I wasn’t going to let anything delay the start of my journey any more than it already had been, so after a couple of days spent getting adjusted to the new time zone, it was finally time to choose a Pokémon. I had a quick breakfast with grandpa and we headed out to find some girl with a green hat who studies under the professor or something. I didn’t really care about the details.
Anyway, she was waiting for us up at the Aspertia City lookout. Her clothes were almost as bright as her sunny personality, and it kind of annoyed me. I hate to admit it, but she was pretty cute. Not as cute as me, obviously, but still. She lit up when she saw us coming, ran over to Grandpa, and started blabbering away. She was totally ignoring me, and, worse yet, Grandpa just got pulled into it! Did they totally forget what they had even come for?!
But getting all mad over not being the center of attention (even if I rightfully should be) would be so not cute, so I just pouted a bit until they finally noticed.
“I think Shiloh is getting impatient.”
“We probably shouldn’t keep her waiting.”
Yeah, you think?!
So finally that girl with the green hat brought over some device with three Poké Balls for me to choose from. Obviously, I had to choose the cutest option. I knew I didn’t want Oshawott for sure because it would seem too much like I was trying to follow in Grandpa’s footsteps. Snivy looked like it had an attitude, and I had enough attitude for the both of us, honestly. That left Tepig. She looked pretty energetic and cute, so I claimed her and named her Peony.
Bianca also gave me a PokéDex and some advice and blah, blah, blah. Next thing I knew some kid with weird spiky hair was challenging me to a battle. This was the moment I’d been waiting for! Our Pokémon just kind of tackled each other back and forth until Peony came out on top (obviously). I guess these battles will get more exciting as we get stronger because that was honestly kind of lame.
“Huh, you’ve got potential as a trainer.”
“My name’s Hugh. I’m starting out on a journey to right a serious wrong. I’ll feel better knowing that there’s another tough new trainer traveling alongside me.”
“I’m Shiloh. I’m new to Unova, so it’s a relief to meet someone else my age!”
(I’m totally going to leave this weird kid in the dust. He has no sense of aesthetics, clearly, if his outfit is any indication.)
Anyway, part of a Pokémon journey is catching more Pokémon, so I decided to set out for some new teammates. I caught a Purrloin on my way to the next town. I was practically there when some weird guy jumped off a cliff right in front of me.
“Wait… today is… You must be Gordon Crowley’s granddaughter!”
“You know my Grandpa?”
“You could say that he helped me a couple of years ago.”
“Say, helping new trainers experience the joys of walking beside Pokémon is one of my goals. Why don’t you come along and train with me for a bit?’
I’m cute and therefore have to be very wary of strange old guys who try to lead me places, so I told him I’d rather do some more training on my own. He suggested I go to someplace called Floccesy Ranch.
I still didn’t really trust the guy since he’s pretty strange, but I figured I’d check it out if it looked safe. On the way, I caught a cute little Pidove and battled some trainers. I think I’m getting pretty good at this if I do say so myself.
I got to the ranch and figured this would be a good place to get some cute Pokémon, but the first thing I found was a Patrat, so I caught that and gave up on the idea. The second thing I found was Hugh arguing with the ranch’s owner for some reason or another. He’s totally not cute.
“Your Pokémon is missing and you say you’re just ‘a little worried?’ You’ve got to be KIDDING me!”
“It’s a big ranch… maybe he wanted to stretch his legs… chase some Pidove…”
“Or maybe it’s gotten lost or stolen and needs your help! And you’re just standing here!”
“Shiloh! You’re going to help me out, right?! We have to find it!”
Next thing I knew, spikey-boy Hugh was grabbing me by the wrist and dragging me off into the ranch to look for some dog. He was totally derailing my adventure! The dog hadn’t even gotten that far, though there was some strange guy hovering over it menacingly.
“Tch, I finally catch up with this Herdier and some kid shows up. What rotten luck.”
“Hey, kid! You may feel all nice and excited going on a Pokémon journey now, but Team Plasma’s day is coming!”
“And don’t think I’m running away! This is just a strategic retreat!”
I know a lot about Team Plasma – I had gotten the whole story out of Grandpa, unlike my parents, who only heard what was reported on the news. For a while, they had decided there was no way they’d send me over here, but two years of relative peace and some convincing by Grandpa (at my request, of course) changed their minds. They would definitely freak out if they heard about what happened at the ranch.
But as they say, “what they don’t know won’t kill them.” As far as I was concerned, this journey was looking a whole lot more interesting.
- Peony the female Tepig
Tackle, Tail Whip, Ember
I had really been expecting a male Tepig, so I didn't have a name ready when Peony was male. I settled on naming her after Emperor Peony from Tales of the Abyss. Sure, he's a guy, but peonies are flowers, so I feel like it works as a name for a girl too, and he loves rappigs, which are a rabbit-pig hybrid, so the name fits nicely.
Ichika is named after the protagonist of Collar x Malice, a crime/mystery otome game that I love. The game does have some cat symbolism (especially in my favorite route). I didn't even have to think about this one.
Ryouta was easy to name as well. He's named after the childhood friend bird boy in Hatoful Boyfriend, which is a game that is near and dear to my heart. Of the bird boys in the game, Pidove resembles Ryouta most closely, so I rolled with it.
Finally, Sandy is named after one of the characters in Hamtaro. Yes, it's an anime, I know. But my first exposure to Hamtaro was actually through the Gameboy Color game Hamtaro: Ham Hams Unite back when I was a kid, and for that reason I'm still counting it. :P
Okay, first off, you may have noticed that I skipped the second Hugh battle in there. It was another Tackle-fest and I did not feel like writing about that twice in one update. It was boring; I won. The end.
I think it's pretty cool that I got a female Tepig! It feels nice to have Peony follow in the footsteps of Shelley, so to speak. The team is looking pretty generic so far, and most of them are honestly pretty unlikely to be on the squad forever. I stopped using Ichika when I got Ryouta because... I just don't see much long-term benefit in training her. Sandy is a nice early-game powerhouse with that Adamant nature, though. She may stick around for a bit.
All things considered, I'm not too upset that I didn't get something more fun at the ranch. I was hoping for a Mareep, but getting Patrat here means I'll definitely get something interesting at Virbank Complex, so it's not a terrible trade.
This style of update is very different from what I'm used to, and I'd really love to have some feedback on it. I wasn't sure how to feel while I was writing it. It started out as a purely journal-style update, but I really hated how that left very little room for actual dialogue, so I ended up with this weird hybrid as a compromise. I'm still not really sure what to think of it, so there could very well be some tweaking in the future, but it's much less taxing on me than the narrative-style updates I usually do. I'm hoping it's not a total flop, at the very least!
Yay, you finally started this one! ^_^ So when you said a year ago that this wouldn't be a Nuzlocke, it was a surprise to me that you at least kept the "first encounter" rule. But wow another female starter?! This generation surely likes giving you those.
And I get the meaning behind this new writing style, I do like it myself. Although it seems like you're covering more in the updates, what with how hard-pressed for time you are now. I still look forward to more!
This was a nice first update. I like the journal style of updates. I think w
Also, I love Peony for Tepig. He's a great character. I loved the side mission where you had to find his 5 hidden Rappig. The costumes you got from that are fantastic.
But that just makes me more excited for Winter.
Pendra: I borrowed that particular Nuzlocke rule because I wanted to limit myself so I couldn't just run out and catch a full team of Pokemon with type advantage for each gym or have a full team of Pokemon that don't evolve to begin with or something. ^ ^ It'll be a shame if I miss out on Pokemon I'd like to use, but I think it'll be fun to do something like this with only what luck gives me.
As for the updates covering more ground, that's one part intentional for the story (a flighty teenager journaling is not going to dwell on little details for long) and partially for my sake lol.
Kris: Glad you're enjoying Shiloh! She's a bit of a weirdo herself, but she's charming in her own way. ;D I've certainly enjoyed writing her in what little I've done so far!
Gokey: That side quest is exactly what inspired Peony's name here, hehe. I've always enjoyed Emperor Peony a lot, so I'm happy to have been able to name my starter after him. I'm sure she'll serve the team well!
Also YES I'll finally be able to play Vesperia after all these years and I'm so happy. ;_;
Once my business at the ranch was finished, I parted ways from Hugh and started back toward Aspertia City and my first Gym. Well, that was the plan, anyway, but that weird guy who’d jumped off the cliff managed to catch me on my way into Floccesy Town.
“You’re back from the ranch! How was it?”
“There were some cute Pokémon there! Thanks for the recommendation!”
Here’s another good piece of advice for you—don’t tell people what you’re really thinking unless it’ll benefit you in some way. The only thing about that trip that wasn’t a waste of my time was running into that Team Plasma weirdo, but this weirdo I was talking to now didn’t really need to know that.
“Now, about that training—hm. Actually, even though it hasn’t been long… your team has really shaped up and grown stronger.”
“I’ve got an idea! I’d like to ask for your help with something.”
And that’s how I somehow ended up getting forced into a battle with two kids. Alder insisted that there was something to be learned from losing, too, but I can’t imagine what that could be. All losing could do is make these kids feel bad about themselves because I’m a better trainer than they are. Well, whatever, I beat their Pokémon easily enough.
Once that was out of the way, it was back to Aspertia City for real. I was feeling totally ready to prove myself in a real battle. I waltzed right into the Gym (totally ignored the trainer school it was situated inside—who needs that?) and took down the two trainers without a sweat. Okay, well my Pokémon may have sweated a little, but whatever. It was time to do what I had really come for.
“Hello, challenger! Welcome to the Aspertia City Gym! I’m Cheren, the Gym Leader!”
Honestly, if I were to sum this guy up with one sentence it would be that he looked like he was trying way too hard.
“And you… are Shiloh, right?”
“Why does everyone seem to know that already?”
“A lot of us respect that old—ahem, a lot of us respect your grandfather. I set out with my Pokémon at the same time he did, you know.”
“I wasn’t too thrilled about that at first, but I learned a lot from him. He’s a good man.”
Yeah, whatever. Grandpa already had his time in the spotlight. I was ready to get back to the topic of my journey.
“This is an exciting battle for both of us. Your first Gym challenge, and my first battle as a Gym Leader.”
“There’s no one I’d rather have it against than the granddaughter of that Gordon Crowley.”
“Are you ready?”
This was it—a perfect opportunity to play up my charm.
“I’m a little nervous… but I think I’m ready!”
“Then let’s begin!”
My first battle with a Gym Leader began with Ryouta against a Patrat. Cheren kept having it use some move called Work Up while Ryouta just Growled and got in a couple of Leers. I decided it was a perfect opportunity to swap in Sandy, who handled the rest with her Tackle and Bite.
It was Ryouta’s turn again against Lillipup, but he was quickly overpowered. Sandy soon followed, then Peony, and Ichika stood no chance. Just like that, my first Gym Battle had been lost.
All… according to plan.
A trainer who always wins will inspire people to put their all into taking them down. A trainer who has lost will be underestimated and catch people by surprise. Especially if they’re also an adorable girl like me.
So once my eventual victory had been set up nicely, I headed out to do some training with the Pokémon. Once I was confident that we had this in the bag, we headed back to the Aspertia City Gym, ready to catch Cheren off guard.
“You’re back again… so you’re ready for a rematch?”
Play it cute, Shiloh.
“Y-yes. I suppose I am!”
Cheren smiled at her. It had definitely worked.
Things started off the same way with Ryouta up against Cheren’s Patrat. I pretty quickly opted to go for the Leer this time, and then two hits from Quick Attack wrapped that up. Sandy came out to play with Lillipup and managed to weaken it even in spite of Cheren using a Potion. All that was left then was for Peony to come in and finish everything with two more Tackles.
“My first victory and loss as a Gym Leader… both against that old man’s granddaughter… It feels oddly appropriate.”
“Thank you for being my opponent, Shiloh. Here, this is the Basic Badge! You and your Pokémon earned it.”
Of course we had. I’d known we would. And this… was only the beginning.
Disclaimer: I didn't really expect to beat Cheren in that first attempt, but I was like "lol don't feel like training I'm gonna try it." It's kind of fun to be able to do stuff like that with this not being a Nuzlocke, and I think the result in regards to Shiloh's story is pretty fun anyway, so I don't regret it at all. And if I HAD won it would've saved me some training time so hey. Why not?
Speaking of Shiloh, I'll leave it to you to interpret whether or not she's being honest about losing on purpose. There are a couple of hints thrown in there on that subject, but it's not like it really matters either way. Just a fun little aspect of having a narrator that MAY not be completely reliable. ;D
To answer your question on Shiloh with her motive on losing on purpose, well, since this is a challenge that won't involve final stage evolutions, then that's a motive that does make sense in hindsight. And with the claim of keeping your thoughts to yourself... Well, some things are better left unsaid. At least those that surely do bad. But if Shiloh doesn't take heed of what she's met with, that won't help her down the road now, will it? ;P
But props on beating Cheren. We'll have to find out what you get next. Hopefully a Magnemite with Sturdy, that'd be a big help! But a Magby wouldn't be, haha. Keep it up!