Chapter 3: Journey to Santalune City

This is a continuation of my Nuzlocke run of Pokémon Y. I shall keep the rules I am following at the top of each post.

If a Pokémon faints, it is treated as dead and must be released

You may only catch the first Pokémon you encounter in each route

 

I must play in ‘Set’ mode, meaning I cannot swap Pokémon upon defeating an enemy’s Pokémon.

I cannot use healing items in battle, unless they are held by the Pokémon.

If the first Pokémon I encounter in an area is a duplicate (I have already caught one) I am allowed to keep searching until I find a new Pokémon.

If a shiny is found, I may catch it regardless of any other rules.

 

Chapter 3: Journey to Santalune City

The following day, the group of five met up once again at the terrace in Aquacorde Town, this time sporting heavy rucksacks and rugged travelling attire. Shorts and skirts had been switched for long trousers and they each wore a pair of heavy walking boots. Between Aquacorde Town and their next stop, Santalune City, they would have to walk through the dense Santalune forest, which didn’t have a maintained footpath.

The previous day, after the group had all examined their Pokémon, they had began to split up to go get ready for the journey. Eventually the only two left sitting in the sunshine were Elliott and Shauna. On the table before them, Kindle the Fennekin and Shauna’s Pokémon were curiously examining each other. The Pokémon, called a Chespin, was a bipedal brown creature with a green shell running from its head to the base of its back.

“Y’know, Elliott, I’ve always wanted to try a Pokémon battle and I think you would be the perfect opponent for my Pokémon battling debut!”

“Kindle and I would be up for the challenge, I’m sure,” Elliott replied, “But we can’t really battle here. It’s too busy.”

“You’re right,” Shauna looked crestfallen for a moment, then her eyes lit up, “I know! Not many people walk the path to Vaniville Town, since it only has a few houses. We can battle there!”

After a short walk, the two made it back to the wooded path outside of Aquacorde Town. Elliott pressed the button on his Poké ball and Kindle jumped into his arms. He gently set Kindle down and knelt in front of him.

“Listen Kindle, just try your best and try not to get hurt. We’re a team now, so I will be here if you need help.”

Shauna called from a little way away, her Chespin already stretching and eyeing up the competition, “Hey! Are you ready to get this underway?”

“Of course! I hope you are ready to lose!”

After a countdown, the battle was on. Chespin began sprinting towards Kindle, his tiny arms pumping and a serious look on his face. As Kindle went to lash out with a paw, Chespin flipped up and over Kindle’s head, before delivering a painful kick into his side. Kindle winced and hopped to one side, drawing a deep breath.

This time, as Chespin began his charge Kindle sidestepped and his tail stood on end. The tip of his tail glowed brightly and a bright spark of flame shot out of Kindle’s mouth, knocking Chespin onto his rear with a squeak.

“Now’s your chance, Kindle! End it!” Elliott called, and Kindle immediately responded, dashing forward and leaping into the air. Chespin looked up in fear and Kindle breathed another bolt of fire, striking Chespin hard and knocking him completely flat. Kindle landed, panting, and looked back at Chespin’s unmoving figure for a second before lowering his tail. The last of the bright embers that lay on Chespin’s chest died out in an instant and all that was left was the slow rise and fall of his breathing.

After a few minutes of panic, it turned out that there hadn’t been any serious damage done to Shauna’s Chespin. Her mother had a personal Pokémon healing centre back at her house, so after a brief goodbye Shauna scooped up her fallen Pokémon and ran back with a wave of her hand.

And now it was a new day and the group was raring to go. Even Trevor was looking pretty excited for the journey, a small red device held in his hand and a smile on his face. He had given them all one of these devices, which was called a Pokédex, after they had all arrived that day. He said it allowed them to document all of the Pokémon they saw and was the main tool for their research for Professor Sycamore.

The path out of Aquacorde Town crossed a large white-stone bridge over a crystal clear river. The group paused for a moment to look down at the Magikarp that swam about in the water’s depths, their red scales glistening and their mouths agape. Then it was on through the fields that led to Santalune forest, following a worn dirt path bordered by short bushes and rolling grassland. The river curved to follow them for a while, before meandering off into the distance. Soon the densely packed trunks of the forest could be seen before them, a small archway marking the main entrance which the path led up to.

As the group approached the forest, Elliott caught a rustling in the corner of his eye. Turning to look, he noticed a patch of long grass, shifting and wiggling in a way that could not be mistaken for the wind. Kindle, who had been trotting at his side, began to growl, his eyes narrowing. Out of the grass came a soft twittering, then a brown bird hopped out, pecking at the ground.

“It’s a Pidgey.” Trevor whispered.

Slowly, Elliott reached back to where a string of Poké balls hung from his rucksack. With a sharp movement, he snapped one from the string and tapped the button three times to prime it. The rest of the group took a few steps back.

“Kindle, I’m going to try to capture it, I need you to back me up and keep it from flying.” Elliott murmured, hefting the ball in his hand. Then he tossed it forward, the ball popping open in mid-air, tendrils of red mist swirling towards the Pidgey. The bird chirped in alarm and opened its wings wide, preparing to take flight. Then Kindle was on it, pinning it to the ground with a paw. The red mist surrounded the bird rapidly, before it was sucked back into the ball with a click.

“I caught it!” Elliott cheered, holding his arms up in jubilation. He reached down and plucked the ball from the ground, looking at it thoughtfully. Then he turned to the rest of the group.

“I think I’m going to call it Flutter.” he said with a smile, pressing the button on the ball once more.

The Pidgey looked up at Elliott distrustfully, hopping around on the ground to a safe distance. Elliott looked at it with a smile, reaching down to ruffle Kindle’s fur with one hand.

“That was pretty impressive,” Serena walked over to Elliott and Kindle, “I guess you have a head start on the rest of us now.”

“I’m sure there will be tons of Pokémon in the forest!” Tierno exclaimed, “I won’t rest until I have the most fabulous team of us all.”

“Chespin and I won’t lose to you next time! I’m going to get the strongest team and claim victory!” Shauna grinned.

“In that case everyone, we should probably head into the forest now.” Elliott said.

Serena smiled, “Maybe we should eat lunch now, before we enter. We’ve walked for quite a while and I doubt there are many good picnic spots inside the forest.”

“Plus, it would give you time to bond with Flutter.” Trevor said.

So, at the side of the path, the group sat and enjoyed their lunch. Amidst the laughter and joking, Serena looked at Elliott, who was holding out a piece of bread for Flutter, who looked at it nervously.

“See?” she said, “If you have a Pokémon partner you have nothing to fear from wild Pokémon. You are going to become a great team.”

In the sky, high above, the shadows of birds soared and wheeled, rejoicing in the beautiful summer’s day.

End of Chapter 3

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Chapter 2: New Friends

This is a continuation of my Nuzlocke run of Pokémon Y. I shall keep the rules I am following at the top of each post.

If a Pokémon faints, it is treated as dead and must be released

You may only catch the first Pokémon you encounter in each route

 

I must play in ‘Set’ mode, meaning I cannot swap Pokémon upon defeating an enemy’s Pokémon.

I cannot use healing items in battle, unless they are held by the Pokémon.

If the first Pokémon I encounter in an area is a duplicate (I have already caught one) I am allowed to keep searching until I find a new Pokémon.

If a shiny is found, I may catch it regardless of any other rules.

 

Chapter 2: New Friends

Elliott, Shauna and Serena walked down the shaded, tree-lined path between Vaniville Town and Aquacorde Town, sunlight leaving mottled shadows upon their faces through the leaves. The deep, emerald leaves of the foliage rustled in the morning breeze and occasionally melodious birdsong echoed under the canopy of leaves above. As they walked, the sounds of the morning bustle began to grow louder, shops beginning to open and start trading.

The three walked in relative silence for most of the journey, simply listening and enjoying the summer day. Shauna bounced along, clearly happy to be out in the fresh air. Serena and Elliott walked more casually, looking up at the sky, gems of blue showing through the green.

Elliott eventually decided to break the silence, “So, do either of you have a Pokémon of your own?”

Serena shook her head, “No, we never really had a chance to go looking for Pokémon. Life at home has been busy pretty much all the time. That’s part of the reason that we both decided to take up Professor Sycamore’s offer. I heard that he was going to give away a Pokémon to each of his new research assistants!”

“Yeah!” Shauna exclaimed, “I can’t wait to see what cute Pokémon he will give us all!”

The three emerged through the archway into the main street of Aquacorde Town, which was full of people laughing and walking this way and that. Through the crowd, a small terrace could be seen, with a few large tables around, most of which were full of people eating breakfast. Shauna began to beeline towards one table in particular. Two boys were sat, deep in conversation, though when they saw Shauna approaching they stood up and waved.

After a brief greeting, everyone sat down around the table. The two boys opposite Elliott could not be more different. One was a large, round figure called Tierno who beamed a smile almost constantly. The other was a small boy called Trevor, with long hair, who looked down into his lap and only rarely looked up to meet Elliott’s eye.

“What!?” Shauna exclaimed, causing them all to jump, “What do you mean Professor Sycamore isn’t here? I thought he was coming to meet us all and give us our Pokémon!”

“Well, he said he got caught up with some extra work and that he would have to meet us when we make it to Lumiose City.” Trevor explained quietly.

“But what about our Pokémon? You know we can’t get all the way to Lumiose without some Pokémon to protect us.” Serena asked.

“Oh, right! He asked me to give you each one of these,” Trevor said, reaching down to rummage through his bag, before pulling out a metal case, “I don’t know what they are, but there are three left.”

As Trevor opened the case, Elliott could see five indentations in the soft interior of the case, two of which were empty. The other three held shiny red and white balls, reflecting the sunlight in a bright glint.

“Poké balls! Does this mean we all get our own Pokémon right now?” Shauna asked, her eyes glistening in enthusiasm.

“Yup! Me and Trevor already took one each, so you three can take each of those!” Tierno grinned.

“Hm… Elliott, since you are new, you should pick first.” Serena said, rotating the case so that it faced Elliott.

The three balls looked up at Elliott from the case, each perfect and identical. He closed his eyes and thought for a moment, then reached down and picked out the middle ball of the three, “I think this is the one for me.”

“In that case,” The two girls each picked up a ball, “Ta-dah! We all have Pokémon now!” Shauna exclaimed.

Elliott looked down at the ball in his hand and pushed the small white button on its face. With a pop, the ball opened, a red jumping out of it and slowly materializing into a small yellow fox with large, red tufts on its ears. A bushy tail with a red tip twitched, and it looked around curiously before its eyes settled on Elliott’s.

“A Fennekin! That’s amazing!” Trevor exclaimed.

“It’s so cute!” Shauna squealed.

Serena looked at Elliott, “It’s traditional for a trainer to nickname their Pokémon. Did you have any ideas?”

Elliott smiled and rubbed the Fennekin’s ears between his fingers, “I think I’ll name it Kindle.”

End of Chapter 2

Chapter 1: The Beginning of a New Journey

Today is the day I begin my Nuzlocke run of Pokémon Y. If you are not familiar with this, I shall explain the rules below.

The base rules of a Nuzlocke challenge are:

If a Pokémon faints, it is treated as dead and must be released

You may only catch the first Pokémon you encounter in each route

 

I have added some additional rules on top of this, as follows:

I must play in ‘Set’ mode, meaning I cannot swap Pokémon upon defeating an enemy’s Pokémon.

I cannot use healing items in battle, unless they are held by the Pokémon.

If the first Pokémon I encounter in an area is a duplicate (I have already caught one) I am allowed to keep searching until I find a new Pokémon.

If a shiny is found, I may catch it regardless of any other rules.

 

Those are the majority of the important rules for this run. And now that I have explained the rules, we can begin the run!

 

Chapter 1: The Beginning of a New Journey

It’s a new town and a whole new start. Let’s try to make the most of it.

Elliott’s eyes slowly opened to the sight of an unfamiliar ceiling, birdsong lilting in through the open window. Sunlight flooded the large, white-walled room. In the corner there was a small wooden desk, the boy’s laptop and a half-full glass of water sitting atop it. In the centre of the room there was a small pile of boxes and cables, a bouquet of colourful technology, still packed in front of the wide, wall-mounted television. Elliott sighed. After all the excitement of the previous day, he simply hadn’t had the energy to close the curtains or really begin unpacking.

As the boy sat up and swung his legs out of bed the mouth-watering smell of bacon began to waft through his open door. In the distance he heard the sizzle of meat in a pan and the gentle hum of his mother as she busied herself in the kitchen. With a stretch, Elliott got up and headed for the bathroom.

A little while later, Elliott and his mother were sitting together, wolfing down bacon and eggs. The quiet chewing was only broken by the rustle of the newspaper that the woman’s head was buried in. At the other side of the table Elliott sat, staring out of the window at the tranquil morning, nibbling a piece of toast.

“Did you hear? Apparently there is a famous Pokémon professor who lives not far from here,” Elliott’s mother said, looking up from the paper, “There’s an article saying that he has started a programme for young people to help him with his Pokémon research. Maybe you should sign up!”

Elliott’s gaze didn’t move from the rustling leaves of the trees outside the window, “I dunno, I mean we have just moved here. I’d prefer to take some time to adjust to this town.”

The middle-aged woman shrugged and flicked over to the next page, “It was just a thought, it’s up to you. I just thought you might like to go on a Pokémon adventure like your old mother. After all, you’ve always had a fondness for Rhyhorn.”

Elliott sat in silence for a little while, munching and thinking. As he opened his mouth to say something more, however, there was a sharp rap on the door.

“I’ll get it”, Elliott said, standing and moving to the door.

Upon opening the door, Elliott was greeted by two new faces. Two girls around his age stood on the path.

“Uh… hello?” He mumbled.

“Hi there! You’re the new guy in town, right?” the shorter of the two girls exclaimed, grinning, “I’m Shauna, and this is Serena!”

Serena gave a small wave, her fair hair waving out behind her in the gentle breeze, “Good morning.”

“Oh, I’m Elliott,” Elliott said, “Yeah, my mum and I just moved in yesterday. Pleased to meet you both.”

From behind him, Elliott’s mother waved, then looked back down at the newspaper.

Shauna bounced on the balls of her feet, her brown pigtails bobbing up and down, “So Elliott, are you up for a trip over to Aquacorde Town? The rest of our friends are over there now, but Professor Sycamore said he needed one more person to help him with his research and we all thought that it could be a perfect opportunity for someone new in town! After all, you will be able to meet a lot of people and visit a ton of places this way!”

Serena looked at Shauna, dispirited, “Shauna, you shouldn’t put so much pressure on him. It’s his first day here, he might want to rest.”

Elliott thought for a moment. He had watched Pokémon battles on television all his life, he had played many game about Pokémon adventures. This could be his chance to have his own adventure, with lots of new friends… But this is all so sudden, maybe he could wait a week and then decide…

As Elliott pondered, he felt a heavy shove from behind and he stumbled into the sunlit path. Turning, he saw his mother smiling.

“Go on! You’ll enjoy it, I promise!” she chuckled, shutting the door.

The boy scratched his head and turned back to the two girls, “Well, I guess I’ll come then” he shrugged.

Shauna jumped up and down and Serena smiled at him. Then they all walked out of the garden, shutting the gate behind them, and walked on to the future.

End of Chapter 1

 

A Gloomy, Late Night…

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My head was spinning, and I wasn’t sure whether last night’s whiskey or the fall was to blame…2015-08-10_00002

When I finally opened my eyes, I could barely remember my name…2015-08-10_00003

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Welcome to Dark Souls II, noir edition. I was bored today so I decided to play a bit of this game and put it up on the blog. So without further ado…2015-08-10_000142015-08-10_00016

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My dreams were especially restless that night. I remember tossing and turning in my sleep, awakening every few minutes as another flash of lightning lit the window. I haven’t been able to sleep peacefully since my last case. Probably never will again. But maybe that’s for the best.

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The light I saw seemed to beckon me. I heard the voice of my partner echoing once more in my head; saw the many perps we had taken down together. Even saw the collision that brought an end to his career.

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As I headed towards the light the cases became more recent. I passed the bones of a young woman; new in town with a hot attitude. Taken before her time, like everyone in this damn city. That was the case I handed in my badge on. There ain’t no use trying to hide it, I was damn scared of what I saw coming over the horizon. And the cases just kept mounting up. Week after week, new police reports in the newspapers. Eventually I just stopped reading. Stopped leaving the flat if I could.

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I reached the ravine that separated my old life and my new one. I met a girl after leaving the force, really thought I had a chance to turn my life around. We were planning the wedding, talking about each other long into the nights, among other things. I’ve never been so happy. It couldn’t last, the threads of my old life slowly weaved their way into my new, so slowly that not even I noticed until it was too late.

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“Hannah!” I woke in a cold sweat. But there was no use. There was no Hannah in this dingy motel on the side of the highway. The trail was going cold, as cold as the half-eaten bacon sandwich sitting on the table beside the bed. I still had one lead though. I slung on the tatters of my old uniform and jumped in the car, kicking it into gear and wiping the sleep from my eyes with a blast of the air-con.

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It was your typical seaside town. Worn down shop fronts selling nothing but sticks of rock and broken dreams, a cobwebbed arcade with a couple of youths lurking in the shadow of its threshold and a dilapidated lighthouse, almost collapsing into the sea. It was barely worth my time stopping here. But any chance of finding Hannah was one I had to take. Plus, I might be able to find a replacement for this tattered coat.

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First person I went to talk to was a pretty broad. Pushed to the edge of her life, she barely acknowledged my presence, instead choosing to stare out over the cliffs as if her new life was waiting across the sea. I hadn’t the heart to tell her that this dead-end town was probably going to be where they buried her one day.2015-08-10_00019

As I started to walk away though, she called out to me.

“Maybe you can help me with something, detective.”

“I don’t recall telling you anything about me”

She laughed, a tinkling musical laugh entirely unfit for a town like this, “You can always tell. You have a certain… air about you.”

“That’s probably like the whiskey fumes. Listen, lady, I’d love to chat but I’m retired. I’ve got my own problems to deal with”

She laughed again, then turned, a smirk on her face, and strolled away, hips swaying rhythmically. I’d have to follow up on my lead elsewhere.

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All I had was a note, written in Hannah’s handwriting. It should have meant something more to me, I could feel it. But it didn’t make any sense to me until I saw the town’s main attraction.

I pulled the note out of my notebook once more, carefully smoothing it out. This had to be the place.

‘The deal tomorrow night. Caves beneath Majula. No need to bring him into this.’