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Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

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Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

Post by Starbits on Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:09 am






Roark Steele
"Call me Roark the Rock!"
Text Color 952032
Theme(s) Fallen - Imagine Dragons || On Top of the World - Greek Fire
Item his glasses, universal communicator, and a backpack that contains
-a can of beans
-a bottle of water
-small cloth bag of berries
-a sharpening stone
-a book
-one (size one) prism sphere
-batteries for the light on his miner's helmet,
-handful of Coal Badges he had in his pocket when first forced to flee from his home
-five empty pokeballs; always kept in a separate backpack compartment
-a pair of extra shoes
Weapons double headed pickaxe, his pokemon
Biological Sex Male
Gender Identity He | Him | His
Birthdate April 15th
Age 27
Species Human
Weight 105.6 lbs
Height 5'6"
Region of Origin Sinnoh
Religion doesn't really pray to any Legend, but greatly admires the Sinnoh Legends as well as Regirock, Groudon, and Zygarde
Accent American - faint Chicago accent
Occupation Oreburgh City Gym Leader | Coal Miner | Geologist and Archaeologist
Party Roark has lost almost all of his entire original team, managing to save only his Rampardos from the group.  He has his father's Bastidon with him, and has filled the other slots gradually with fossil Pokemon he dug up and restored.  Roark's original team was a Rampardos, a Tyranitar, an Areodactyl, a Probopass, a Golem, and a Crustle.
Pkm 1
Species- Rampardos
Name: Pach
Gender: ♂
Level- 63
Type-
Ability- Mold Breaker
Attack list-
-Stone Edge (TM)
-Superpower (Move Tutor)
-Earthquake (TM)
-Avalanche (TM)
Text Color - 3983d5
Pkm 2
Species- Bastiodon
Name: Sterling
Gender: ♂
Level- 63
Type-
Ability- Sturdy
Attack list-
-Iron Head (Learned)
-Ancient Power (Learned)
-Iron Defense (Learned)
-Sandstorm (TM)
**Text Color: 8b8b8b
**has a leather band with a Mine badge pinned to it on his front left leg
Pkm 3
Species- Omastar
Name: Ammono  
Gender: ♂
Level- 46
Type-
Ability- Swift Swim
Attack list-
-Ancient Power (Learned)
-Brine (Learned)
-Protect (Learned)
-Withdraw (Learned)
**Text Color: ffeec5
Pkm 4
Species- Archeops
Name: Archae
Gender: ♂
Level- 55
Type-
Ability- Defeatist
Attack list-
-Rock Slide (Learned)
-U-Turn (Learned)
-Acrobatics (Learned)
-Agility (Learned)
**Text Color: 10a494
Pkm 5
Species- Armaldo
Name: Anom
Gender: ♂
Level- 48
Type-
Ability- Battle Armor
Attack list-
-X Scissor (Start)
-Earthquake (TM)
-Ancient Power (Learned)
-Metal Claw (Learned)
**Text Color: bdbdde
Pkm 6
 
Species- Cradily
Name: Crino
Gender:
Level- 56
Type-
Ability- Suction Cups
Attack list-
-Energy Ball (Learned)
-Ancient Power (Learned)
-Ingrain (Learned)
-Acid (Learned)
**Text Color: a4e68b
Quote "What I think about while digging underground... What did the Pokémon see before they became Fossils? I'd love to go back and see them as they were back then."

"They were my pride and joy..."
History
history:
Roark was born in Canalave, Sinnoh to a couple that divorced when he was a year old.  His father, faced with the difficult task of raising a child by himself when he had never planned on having kids to begin with, very nearly gave the boy up for adoption; he didn't know anything about kids, and quite frankly, Byron did not want to raise a kid.  He'd do it all wrong, he was certain of that.  Roark stayed with his father thanks to a meeting that Riley called fate and Byron a happy coincidence, the Steele family befriending a father and son duo who had been just passing through Canalave, but then decided to stay after the friendship that was struck up.  Now with help, Byron pulled himself together, put his wife's infidelity behind him, and began the attempt to juggle being a single parent and a gym leader at the same time.

Thus, Roark grew up in the city of Canalave alongside the family friend Riley, a boy just a couple years older than himself; together they went to school, played with their father's Pokemon, made castles out of the dirt on Canalave's shores, visited the Canalave Library, and spent endless hours exploring and "helping" in the mining island off shore, named Iron Island for its ore.  Roark collected as many rocks and ores as he could get his hands on, the boxes beneath his bed full of them, taken from Canalave's beaches and from Iron Island.  He fed himself on a steady diet of geology books, sometimes even falling asleep at the library surrounded by stacks of books.  Though he eventually outgrew the books written for children, he found himself returning repeatedly to the book titled What's Beneath Your Feet? The Sinnoh Underground, which he often just referred to as "Beneath your Feet" for simplicity.  Though not a traditional picture book, it did contain pictures, and it was full of colorful drawings of all kinds of stones, rocks, scales, and even fossils.  Riley was uninterested in his obsessions, but encouraged them nonetheless, reminding Roark that soon he'd be allowed a Pokemon of his very own.  Sure enough, on his tenth birthday, Byron decided it was time Roark begin his training to walk the path of a gym leader.  He offered to take his son to Sandgem Town, and to his shock Roark turned him down.  He was about to insist, but his son interjected, explaining he wanted to go to the Underground and find his own Pokemon.   Impressed by the novelty of the idea, Byron asked Roark's grandfather in Eterna if the man would be kind enough to take Roark down and show him the ropes of the place, and the old man was happy to agree.  That trip down to the Underground remained engraved in Roark's memory--the sheer excitement and thrill of dark caves and tunnels sparkling with treasure, hiding secret bases and beautiful stones and fossils within its walls.  He learned how to mine, how to dig up the treasures within the delicate rock walls without bringing them down under the force of his pickaxe.  He created a secret base, which he filled with his findings, and made a small ring of friends, spending hours playing capture the flag, racing each other to see who could get the most stones, and trading spheres with.  All of this in the span of a two day drip.  His head was spinning with sheer joy, and it cumulated in his unearthing of a skull fossil.

His shriek of delight could be heard several tunnels down when he unearthed that thing; his friends would never let him forget it for years to come.

Roark wasted no time returning to the surface and having the fossil restored.  It was like love at first sight; the second he laid eyes on his new Cranidos, his heart jolted and he knew in his ten year old heart that he was destined to walk among the rock Pokemon.

He spent a couple more years in Canalave studying up on his fields of interest before embarking on his journey alongside Riley.  The two boys had grown apart in past years as their interests had expanded into different areas, but soon it was almost like old times, the boys laughing and joking as they travelled road after road together.  They bounced from city to city, collecting gym badges along the way and adding Pokemon to their rosters until each had a full team.  Though the months spent together were cherished, their separate interests once again tugged them in different directions.  Riley was ready to keep going for those badges, but Roark wanted to explore every cave he could find, wanted to take the Underground and expand it even further.  Saddened, but knowing it was for the best, the boys parted ways, promising that this would not be the end of their story together.

Roark made good on his vow to expand what his grandfather and father had created.  Pickaxe in hand and a dream in his heart, he and his team created tunnel after tunnel, connecting new ones to pre-existing ones.  It wasn't long before others heard of Roark's exploits and came to help the boy in his quest, the children from his old gang of friends now eager teenagers searching for adventure, glory, and discovery.  The Pokemon helped cut down the time it would have taken by a great deal; what would have cost the teenagers years was shaved down to months.  Day after day, Roark lived his dream, singing alongside his friends the mining songs passed down to him by his grandfather as he dug his tunnels and unearthed a museum's worth of items.  Life was good.

Until it wasn't.  Byron was growing impatient; he had no problem with Roark setting out to find himself, but the boy needed all the badges if he were to follow in his footsteps.  His son was so bright and eager and full of love for the world and its Pokemon--he would be the finest legacy Byron could leave this world with, a beacon of hope for the future in how passionately his son protected and cared for the bond between human and Pokemon.  Roark's playing was mucking that up, and that was not acceptable.  He needed to become a gym leader.  Needed to.  The steel specialist could see no better way to ensure he'd done his part in securing the future's goodness than his own son taking such a position of power.  It was with this thought that he contacted Roark, urging him to continue collecting badges.  It was a long argument that went on and off for months, but finally, a disgruntled Roark agreed to at least collect the other badges.  Byron was pained at having upset his son, but he would see in time that this was for the best.  

Roark, however, festered in his anger that his father's future plans were more important than his son's wishes.

A year and all badges collected later, and Roark met up again with Riley.  It was strange, seeing one another again; they were eighteen now, and it had been five years since their last meeting.  Still, yet again the conversation came easily, the comradire they shared still there after all this time.  Roark went with his friend to the Elite Four, refusing to challenge them but encouraging Riley's interest in doing so.  Though Riley got far, he eventually was defeated at the Champion's hand.  Far from discouraged, Riley decided he would just have to keep training.  Willing to accompany his old friend a while longer, Roark went with.  The youth was still silently seething over his father's pushiness, painfully aware that if he had not wanted to follow Riley his father would have insisted on it anyway.  He would carry this quiet grudge until the day he and Riley came across a group of younger kids destroying a cave purely to scare the Pokemon inside.  Chasing the children off, Roark realized what it was his father wanted by putting him in charge of a Gym, and as he calmed down the scared rock types inside, the young man couldn't help but warm to the idea.

Yes, he decided, this was something he could do.  He could make sure that anyone who came through to challenge him would leave with a thorough respect of rock Pokemon and just Pokemon in general, as well as the bond between them and their human.

But now, having been traveling for a long time, it was high time for a break; the two returning to Canalave, where Roark confessed coming around to see his father's point of view.  Several months later, Roark was apprenticed to the Orgeburgh City Gym.  For the next couple years Roark would learn everything there was to learn about not only Gym battles, but the nearby mines and museum.  It was here he learned how to restore fossils all by himself, a process he was overjoyed to learn.  Making friends came easily to the redhead, especially when everyone around him was some manner of rock nerd, and he quickly collected a group of friends he would spend the mining workday with.  On the second anniversary of the day Roark had come to live at Orgeburgh, the Gym Leader passed the title down to the young archaeologist, and retired to Sunnyshore City, leaving the city in what he felt were very capable hands.  Though slightly overwhelmed at first, Roark was nothing if not a fast learner, even if in the beginning it was bluffing his way through things until it worked.  It wasn't long before he had a real grasp of the full leadership role, and though it embarrassed him to lose to trainers with no badges, he accepted each defeat as a learning experienced and sent the youngster on their way with a Coal Badge and words of wisdom about the bond between trainer and Pokemon.  Everything seemed to be going well, so of course it was time for everything to nosedive again.

On a brief trip back home to catch up with old friends, Roark found not peace waiting for him, but a slap in the face; several days after arriving, Riley spoke with Roark down by the beach on their usual morning walk, and accidentally let slip a piece of information the other had not known; When the news went out that the Oreburgh City gym leader would be retiring, Byron had asked Riley to become the leader.  Outrage was immediate but Riley calmed his friend, pondering aloud the possibility that Byron had finally got it through his thick head that Roark wanted nothing to do with the Gym system--after all, Riley pointed out, Roark had said nothing to indicate his change of heart for a while and it was possible Byron had asked Riley before learning of that.  Willing to accept this possibility, Roark confronted his father and found to his horror that his original conclusion had been correct.  Byron had came to a simple decision; Riley would make a better Gym Leader than Roark, whom he perceived as too impulsive, too immature to handle such a task.  Only because Riley had turned him down had Roark been offered the apprenticeship instead.  Hurt and angry, but unwilling to damage the only relationship he had with his only living relative, Roark made it plain he felt betrayed but did not explode as he wanted to, instead taking his things and leaving as soon as he could.  The next several months were strained, but time can smooth over even the roughtest of surfaces--the problem was the insult still burned, just not on the surface.  Still, Roark had more than enough to distract himself, and indulged in his gym and mining duties; ending up with this amazing life was a fluke, but by gods, he would enjoy it anyway.  How many people could say they had gotten to build their adult life around nothing but things they loved, after all?

Nothing lasts forever, this was a lesson Roark had well learned over the years.  He just never could have seen the way in which the next nosedive would happen, nor of the impact it would have on not just him, but worldwide.

It started with simple reports of Pokemon behaving oddly.  It raised an eyebrow or two among the people of Orgeburgh, but no one really took it seriously.  Until a few of the city's Machoke and Machop grew sick after an unsupervised outing.  The virus took hold fast, rendering them incredibly ill within a matter of days.

Action had to be taken.  Something was wrong, and Roark was taking no more chances.  He gave the order that no one was to leave or enter the city, no matter what the species.  If the Pokemon of the surrounding area were spreading this virus than common sense dictated to stay away.  Fearing that some of the aggressive Pokemon may enter town, Roark sent his Tyranitar to patrol the ways in and out.  With that taken care of, he turned his attention on the sickened.  There was not much he could do; the man was many things, but a doctor was not one of them.  However, he was the city's Leader, and it was for that reason he hovered around the Pokecenter, anxiously awaiting news on his beloved mining buddies.  Eventually the doctors and nurses shooed him home, ordering bedrest.  "There is nothing you can do," they informed him.  "Go home and take care of yourself."  He resisted for only a few minutes before realizing they were right, and relented, returning to his house.  Anxious, he called his father, asking what he should do in the event an evacuation was needed.  Byron chided his son for not having more faith that everything would be fine, but nonetheless provided the answer, telling him he should take the citizens to the Pokemon League if possible.  The next several days were uneventful, and Roark slowly began to relax.  Perhaps nothing bad would happen at all.

It was a warm summer evening when everything descended into hell.  Waking from a nap after a long day's work in the mines, Roark showered, tended to his mining tools, and then prepared dinner while chatting to his Areodactyl.  The windows were open, the sun's orange glow was just starting to fade, and the air smelled of the rich summer earth.  He even remembered the exact moment the chaos began, because when the first explosion sounded and he reared back from the stove to stare in shock out his kitchen window, he caught sight of the time on the stove: 7:33.

His next movements happened so quickly he doesn't remember doing them, but before he was aware of it he had turned off the stove, recalled Areodactyl, grabbed his mining helmet and pickaxe, and threw himself out the door, just in time for another explosion.  There was no thought, only action; he ran as fast as he could push himself towards the mines.  Arriving there in minutes, he was already too late, the front of the mine collapsing in on itself.  The Machoke, the Machop!  They could clear the blockage!  He turned around and ran for the Pokecenter next, throwing open the door to a nightmare made reality; the Pokemon he had once worked and joked side by side with were tearing through the building, a Machop slaughtering a fleeing nurse just as Roark entered.  Numb with horror, the young gym leader stood frozen as the red eyed creature turned to him next and lunged.  He screamed, swinging his pickaxe and caving the humanoid's skull in.  Gasping in lungfuls of air, trying to steady his thoughts, he reached for a pokeball and let his Crustle out, the two making a mad dash through the Center.  The undead fighting types turned on them but Crustle easily put them down, though it was too late to save the Center's staff.  Bodies lay everywhere, blood pooled and ran and dripped from the walls and ceiling, and guts were strewn across the rooms.  Struggling not to vomit, Roark abandoned the doomed facility and raced outside; there was no time to formate a plan, because a very familiar Pokemon roared his bloodlust to the sky, a roar that was soon followed by screams and the violent screeching of buildings giving way.  Roark's face turned ashen and his blood to ice as the Pokemon turned the street corner via plowing right through a building--of all the Pokemon to succumb to this horrifying and bizarre disease, he never would have imagined his own Tyranitar being one of them.  

He dragged himself out of his stupor with a wild cry and shouted instructions at his Crustle, reaching for his Rampardos's pokeball as he scrambled to get to higher ground.  What followed was a long, arduous battle as the young leader screamed frantic commands at his Pokemon from the rooftops, desperate to stop the slaughter.  Trying to direct frightened townspeople out of the city and his Pokemon in battle at the same time was an utter disaster, the bodies piling up.  By the time Tyranitar finally went down, two thirds of the mining city had fallen to either the mad dinosaur, or the fighting types.  Having finally put down his own beloved Pokemon, watching in desolate blankness as the Machoke and Machop kept tearing down structures as the last of the trapped townspeople fled, Roark knew the city was lost.  He leaped from the roof and recalled his exhausted Pokemon, but was stopped in his tracks by the undead lumbering towards him.  For the second time that day Roark felt himself die inside as the little Cranidos he had been using against gym challengers staggered over, croaking and crying out, hungry for his flesh.  She lunged at him and he dodged, a bullet from a miner's gun ending her assault just afterwards.  Shattered through and through, Roark fled with what little he'd managed to save.  Several hours of distance between themselves and Oreburgh later, the dawn of the next day found Roark a short distance away from the group to contact Byron again, fearing what may have happened to Canalave.  To his relief, Byron answered immediately, and Roark wept as he recounted the experience at Oreburgh.  His father listened in silence before asking if he was hurt, if he or anyone else had been bitten--if it was a disease bodily fluids were definitely something to look out for.  No one had been, not as far as he knew, and he relayed that information.  Byron criticized his lack of concrete knowledge, telling him he should have everyone, Pokemon and human alike, looked over for bites.  Though Byron was only trying to help, Roark was wounded by the criticism in the face of what he'd just lived through; like always his father possessed a certain lack of tact or comfort that made any of his constructive criticism feel genuine.  Byron furthered the wound by recanting his earlier statement; Roark shouldn't take the survivors to the Pokemon league.  He should take them to a completely different region, where maybe this horrible plague wasn't.  But by this time Roark and the refugees had been making good ground, and were closer to the League than Calanave, the only port city in all of Sinnoh.  Tempers began to flare, Byron frightened for his son and Roark angry that Byron was now criticizing him for doing exactly what the man had told him to do in the first place.  Twenty minutes of yelling later, Roark's patience finally snapped completely.

"You know Dad it wouldn't kill you to listen to me every once in a while; I'm not so stupid that I can't take care of my own, and gods sometimes I really hate you for the shit you pull!"

With a final growl, Roark snapped the phone shut, an act he would come to hate himself for.

For now, however, he had more to worry about.  The journey had them trek halfway across Sinnoh, and it spanned many days and nights.  The going was dangerous and painful, everyone weighed down by grief, guilt, and horror, dealing with constant attacks from hordes and periods of becoming lost.  Along the way, Roark's Probopass joined the ranks of the fallen, dead at an Infernape's hand.  The gym leader was not the only one who suffered personal loss, everyone losing someone else in their desperate battle through the Sinnoh region.  But even despite their low state, reaching the Pokemon League raised their spirits.  At last, their destination, their salvation.  Roark could have cried with joy as he threw open the doors and led everyone inside.  That relief soon faded when they found the entire building completely deserted.  

Scared, several of the survivors began to yell at Roark, accusing him of dragging them across the country for nothing.  Fights began to break out as others came to Roark's defense, and the gym leader watched in horror as the morale among the group went from "depressed" to "ready to fight anyone who opens their damn mouth."

Flaming tempers could not save them from what would happen next even if it fueled their fighting spirit.  Smelling their presence, a hoard of undead attacked, and the slaughter was immediate and horrific as the undead broke down the hastily erected barriers.  Whoever still had their Pokemon began sending them out to fight, but even the Pokemon could not stand up to this.  Watching everyone else die around him, Roark's Areodactyl realized there was no hope of winning this.  He noticed holes in the ceiling, and knew what he had to do, extending his claws and sinking them into Roark's backpack to pluck his human from the floor.  Roark screamed for Ptero to put him down, to let him go, his people needed him, but the dinosaur ignored his cries and his pleas and flew from the building as fast as his wings could carry him--they had lost two members of their family already, and he would not lose Roark too.

The next several days were a numb, aching blur.  Roark spent them alternating between screaming at himself, the fates, and his Areodactyl, Ptero, furious and heartbroken over everything that had set the things that came to pass in motion.  His Pokemon weathered through it in silence; Roark's rage and grief was understandable, and he turned his words against himself more often than he did anything else.  After several days Roark was spent, too weary of heart for that anger to keep going.  Dreading his reunion with his father, expecting Byron to disown him over the loss of Oreburgh and its people, Roark set out for Canalave.  It never even crossed his mind that the city might be overrun.

He landed in the city to find empty streets and broken houses, bodies strewing the street.  Panic seized him and he dashed to his father's house; it was empty.  Searching for Byron led him to the harbor, and there at the end of the dock he found the mangled corpse of his father, the man's faithful shovel lying at his side, Pokeballs scattered around him.  The pickaxe slipped from his grip with a clatter as Roark's legs collapsed out from under him.  Byron was dead.  All he could feel was numbness.

He moved on only because of Pach, his faithful Rampardos nudging him and gently head butting the side of his head until Roark stirred.  With dead eyes he claimed his father's Pokeballs and let the Pokemon out.  Their grief was too much for him to take; it smashed a giant hole in the mental barrier built up between him and his emotions, and watching the Pokemon who had practically helped raise him wail in pain finally ripped the sobs out of him.  When their grief was spent the other Pokemon decided to move on and find their old friends and acquaintances.  His father's Bastiodon, Sterling, remained behind, determined to guard his trainer's son.  It was he who informed Roark of the horrors that befell Canalave, describing the undead that had descended on the city and how his brave father had held them off so that the survivors could escape by ship.  At the last second Byron recalled him to prevent his death.  Sterling's eyes never left the remains of his trainer as he recounted the story, and at its end, Roark arranged a funeral for his father in the trees beyond the piers, creating a funeral pyre that lasted for days before mixing his father's ashes into the soil and stabbing the gym leader's shovel into the earth as a grave marker, as Byron would have wanted.  He wandered the empty city, dispatching any undead he found with a swift blow from his pickaxe, venting his pain on the surrounding monsters.  But there was only so much he could vent, and eventually the anger was gone.  The numbess was back.  

There was no logical reason why he went to the library, but he found himself wandering in anyway, staring around at the shelves full of books that he had grown up with.  It didn't take him long to gravitate towards the section he'd spent most of his early life in, and when he went to look for the old book from his childhood, there it was, in the same spot it'd always been.  Canalave had nothing left for him; it held nothing but pain, and it was too dangerous to stay, even if every fibre of his being cried at leaving the library, Canalave's pride and joy, unattended.  But this one book, he would save this one.  Tucking it into his backpack, Roark left his birthplace.  He made a brief search of Iron Island, hoping to locate Riley, and when he did not find the man there, he searched Riley's home.  He found nothing that indicated he was alive, but nothing either that indicated his death.  Afraid to be optimistic but unable to face the possibility of Riley's death, Roark put his old friend from his mind as much as he could, and set out into the world.  He was so low already, he thought, that the only place to go from here was up.  Entering the Sinnoh Underground, he dug up three fossils and restored them.  Eager for a distraction from their grief, Roark and his other Pokemon welcomed the newcomers to their family, and they began to train them as they travelled, soon rewarded with healthy, fully evolved teammates who even then, were still growing in strength and spirit.

Still, there was more tragedy to come.  Two years into the apocalypse, and a fierce fight with an infected would end with his Areodactyl sustaining a bite to his leg that went unnoticed for several hours, at which point Ptero began to feel the illness sweeping his bloodstream.  Though he would not have turned for a while, as he was not a fire type, he knew the end was coming.  With a heavy heart, he asked Roark to recall the others so he could speak to him alone, admitting once this was done that his ailment was the infection itself.  There was only one thing to do; he had to be put down.

Ptero... his Areodactyl wanted to die.  His Ptero.  Roark sank to his knees, wrapping his arms around his Pokemon and breaking down into hysterical sobs.  He shook his head, babbling that he couldn't do it, he wouldn't do it, but even as he begged the universe for an out, sobbing his pleas into his friend's side, he knew there was nothing else for it.  Ptero was too weak by now to walk off and end himself, and he couldn't force the others to take the life of another friend.  As the leader of their group, that responsibility fell on him.  It took another hour to find the will to stand and, still shaking and in tears, Roark hefted his pickaxe.  One final gaze between the two, and then Ptero crooned softly, shifting himself to give Roark a better shot at his vitals.  About to lose his nerve, he squeezed his eyes shut and screamed, bringing the pickaxe down with all his strength.  To his horror, Ptero began to emit choked screams--Roark's strength alone was not enough to pierce the thick hide immediately.  It took several more swings and five agonizing minutes for the last traces of life to finally leave the dinosaur's body.

Roark dug out his other Pokemon from their balls, intent on releasing them and finding a way to commit suicide with what he had on hand, but his Pokemon refused to let him.  For three days they holed up in a cave and guarded their Trainer, waiting until he was no longer actively suicidal.  Only their presence kept Roark alive, the gym leader unable to add to their pain with his own death.  When his Pokemon began to starve Roark relented, unwilling to let them suffer on his account, and since suicide was not an option, and giving up and not doing anything was not an option, then he had to push on.  Watching them eat again after discovering food brought a touch of life back to him--this was what was important.  This, right here, his tiny family of rock Pokemon getting what they needed.  He made a promise to them and himself that what occurred in the cave would never happen again.  The despair was crushing, but he would not fail them again.  If he were to die, it would be only if it saved another, or if his Pokemon were someplace safe, where they would be cared for.

It was this resolve that would drag him through two more deaths, his beloved Golem and Crustle falling in two separate incidences as the years continued to drag on.  The same resolve would lead him to acquiring two more fossils and reviving them before finally working up the nerve to leave the Sinnoh region behind, accepting despite every ounce of pain in him that there was nothing left for his beloved region to offer him.  Over the four years he met many humans and Pokemon in their travels, often trading supplies with them, swapping a story or two, perhaps a few questions.  But just as often they would be hostile, attempting to harm himself or his Pokemon.  Roark learned to kill, learned to bludgeon another sentient being in the head without an ounce of feeling, how to sic a powerful Pokemon on a comparatively weak human without remorse halting his hand.  He learned how to scrub gore from his clothes, how to hold back vomit, how to loot corpses, both old and the freshly killed, how to wait until the deed was done before the tears came.  Eventually, he learned how to turn off all feeling, how to embrace the numbness that would follow being forced to end the life of another person.  Always his family would remind him that the hostile one had attacked them first, how Roark and the others never sought to harm anyone, would never rob or hurt another unless first attacked.  But the human's soul ached more and more with each awful encounter.  With only Pach of his original family left, Roark began to quietly close himself off, walling up his heart to anyone he met.  There was no end to this horror in sight; the world would remain like this forever, and he would not make the mistake of loving anyone new only to experience more agony when this apocalypse would rip them or another from his family away from him.

Where was he now?  How far had he wandered?  Heaven only knew.

Gods... please, it hurts.  Just make it stop...
Appearance -normal build has him slender but with muscle; right now he is currently gaunt from lack of food
-calloused hands, rough from mining and exploring as well as surviving the apocalypse
-red-brown hair to his shoulders, filthy with dirt and grease
-paler than he should be, dark shadows around eyes
-red-brown eyes, same color as his hair; tends to keep them downcast and only makes regular eye contact with his own Pokemon.  Otherwise only makes eye contact if deemed necessary.
-long since stopped wearing the Oreburgh miner uniform; wears a long sleeved black shirt, the sleeves of which are red at the ends; the overalls he wears are grey, and he keeps the black boots with red soles
-his clothes are dirty and in spots are ragged; his glasses are cracked
-still has the miner's helmet
-has his pickaxe constantly at the ready; often stands with its head against the ground and his hands resting at the end of its handle when not walking
-cannot stand perfectly still--he must be fidgeting with something at all times; usually that is his pickaxe, his glasses, the cuffs of his sleeves, or his own fingers
-due to above, also paces a lot, especially when in confined areas
-walks with a slouch with his head down; does not like looking people in the eyes
-tends to be flanked by either his Armaldo or Rampardos, with his Archeops in the air
Personality
personality:


  • numb, empty

-when he's not depressed, he feels absolutely nothing

  • guilt-ridden

-he can't forgive himself for any of it; the last words to his father being ones of frustration and borderline hate, the fact that it was his Tyranitar that killed so many, that he failed to prevent his beloved Pokemon from getting infected in the first place, that he failed to save the survivors from Oreburgh while he survived the slaughter at the League, that he could not protect the rest of his team throughout the years, that he has had to kill to survive

  • grieving, despairing

-he's never gotten over the deaths; besides just the guilt, there's also the sheer amount of loss
-he's lost all hope of ever seeing the world restored to its former glory

  • quiet

-Roark tended to yell a lot, but crushing despair and having little to say has left him using a significantly softer voice.  It tends to be hoarse from thirst and disuse; more often than not he just chooses not to speak at all.

  • ruthless

-He has been roaming the apocalypse for four years--he is well accustomed to the art of killing, and due to lack of a gun, often has to bludgeon others to death with his pickaxe when siccing a Pokemon on the attacker is impossible
-he takes no pleasure from killing, but if you're attacking him and it comes down to you or him it's definitely going to be you

  • generous, kind

-If he meets a survivor who isn't going to try to kill him, he's fine sharing what he has with the other person, especially if they are in a bad way--he is fucked up, but not heartless

  • closed off

-that being said, he's not open and warm like he used to be--he can't survive another death in his little family, and the more people he lets in, the more likely he'll have to suffer that again
-as a result he just doesn't let anyone get too close to him, and accomplishes this by avoiding people and conversation with them

  • hardened, not squeamish

-blood never really phased him to begin with--the mining business has a lot of accidents.  However, there is a difference between accidents and purposeful attacks, and now even gore tends not to bother him beyond a vague, numb sense of horror and sadness

  • suffers from PTSD, depression, severe self loathing, suicidal thoughts; is a ticking time bomb

-he will have nightmares, flashbacks, and panic attacks
-his mental health does nothing but decline--at this rate, sooner or later, he's going to actively attempt suicide

  • lacks passion; unable to take pleasure in much of anything anymore

-once a giant nerd, Roark can't find it in him to be happy about even things he used to be passionate about; he is too depressed
-frankly, seeing fossils, gems, rocks, etc does nothing but upset him now because he remembers how he used to love the hobbies he built his life around and it hurts that he no longer feels that same joy
-besides feeling pain over these things no longer bringing him happiness, they also remind him of his lost life, his dead family, the home he can never have back

  • paranoid, anxious, easily frightened; twitchy and restless

-he is constantly checking for danger, tending to do so the second he enters a new place, or even places he's already been
-loud, sudden noises startle him
-angry people frighten him and will push him into survival mode--he will either melt away and hide or strike
-fidgets constantly; seems distracted because he's always listening for signs of trouble or danger

  • dangerous

-don't give him a reason to attack you--he will do it
-and besides being a capable trainer with loyal Pokemon, he knows how to wield that pickaxe with deadly accuracy
-if startled he will automatically whip the pickaxe out and drop into a fighting stance; he may take a swing at whatever scared him depending on how anxious he was before being startled

  • thoughtful

-even before the epidemic he could be surprisingly deep for someone who said a lot of stupid rock puns and forgot what volume control was in the face of excitement
-now, however, he thinks way too much

  • vulnerable, impressionable, easily influenced

-he needs help
-badly
-ideally this would come in the form of a therapist, medication, and a network of supportive friends; with these things unlikely, he's liable to latch onto anyone who manages to instill any amount of hope, safety, or happiness in him

  • loyal to the death

-he would die for his Pokemon without a moment's hesitation
-to anyone who would be able to inspire that sense of hope or happiness he so desperately needs, he would follow to the ends of the earth; they would practically walk on water to him
Affiliations
Roark's Relationships:
Gardenia Rose: Roark's best friend, a platonic soul mate.  The two met when the Rose parents tried to play matchmaker, but didn't count on Roark giving their daughter a way out of their abusive home, the miner giving Gardenia a safe place to live for a while as she struggled to find her way in the world.  Living together taught them each a lot about one another, and the two are incredibly comfortable in one another's presence; it was not uncommon to see them holding hands, leaning on one another, or for Gardenia to be playing with Roark's hair.  He helped her control her wild urges brought on by attaining sudden freedom without restraining her too much, and she in turn became a steady strength in his life, supporting him when he felt no one else would.  He adores every fiber of her being and the idea that she could be dead is so agonizing he has put her out of his mind as much as he can.  With his spirits currently so low, memories of her being dredged up nearly make him cry.  He calls her "Dina."

Riley: Roark's adopted brother and one of his closest friends; though he loves his brother and admires his determination and his level-headedness, he resents Byron's clear preference of Riley over himself, and he has spent too many years pretending that it didn't hurt to not feel bitter over it all.  Near the end he felt he had to hide things from Riley, fearing Riley was unintentionally driving Byron further away from Roark by mentioning things in Roark's personal life when spending time with Byron.  The thought of explaining Byron's apparent distaste of his own son to his brother made him feel like a paranoid child, and so he hid away much of himself from Riley, everything from the mundane things Byron would not approve of to the huge things like his true feelings about their father.  Like with Gardenia, the thought of his death is too painful but the idea of him being alive feels too unlikely, so he puts Riley from his mind altogether, not always successfully.  He calls him "Ri."

♈ Byron: His father; Roark and Byron had a very odd and often turbulent relationship.  Though Byron genuinely loved his son, Roark often didn't realize this due to Byron's complete inability to handle Roark with the proper amount of delicacy, warmth, or understanding.  Possessing tunnel vision off the charts and convincing himself that any strong-arming Roark into things his son didn't want was for his own good, Byron unwittingly sowed a seed of bitterness in the miner.  Due to Byron's sharp delivery of criticism, Roark took Byron's attempt at guidance as tearing at his faults, and Byron's attempt at good natured teasing always came across as cruel.  His father's favoritism towards Riley did not help matters, and of course, the biggest snub of them all was a tie between pushing Roark into becoming a Gym Leader, then deciding he'd rather have Riley be the leader instead once his son had decided he wanted to be a Gym Leader after all, and his utter, blatnant hatred of Gardenia despite her being so important to Roark.  Despite all of this Roark despises himself for the bitter feelings he continues to have towards Byron, convinced that thinking ill of his dead father is a cruel sin that stains his heart and could never be washed out.  He can neither fully hate the man nor forgive him, and so the pain goes on, with no end in sight.

Champion Cynthia: His superior; Roark greatly admires Cynthia for her wisdom and her confidence, wishing he possessed either trait.  Never did get too close to her, afraid she would see just how unworthy he was of being a Gym Leader if he did.

Pearl, Platinum, and Lucas: Three youngsters whom he met when they were children; he remembers Pearl for his enthusiasm and upbeat attitude, Platinum for her incredible focus and determination, and Lucas for his quiet, steady battle style.  He had no further dealings with them and thus does not recall them in much detail, but he does faintly remember them.

Marley: A young lady he met at the Battleground Cafe.  Though they were never close, they enjoyed many conversations together and and he likes her company.
User Notes
notes:
-All his pokemon are named after dinosaurs.  "Pach" comes from "Pachycephalosaur," "Ammono" from "Ammonoidea," "Archae" from "Archaeopteryx," "Anom" from "Anomalocaris," and "Crino" from "Crinoids."  The Bastidon is the only one whose name doesn't fit the theme, as Byron named his own Pokemon after metals and ores.
-now has a permanent stutter; the more upset he is, the worse the stutter becomes
-used to be fond of puns, rock puns in particular
-the book is his favorite childhood book from the Canalave Library, taken purely for sentimental reasons
-the prism orb he brought with him from his last trip into the Sinnoh Underground, also for sentimental reasons
-despite all the pain the badges bring him, he does not throw them away because of--you guessed it--sentimentality
-normally I put what the gym leader's title is beneath their name--that thing you find written on the sign outside their gym--and I swear to god this nerd's title is literally that dorky quote from him


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Re: Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

Post by Starbits on Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:23 pm

Roark is ready for approval.

Should he be approved before I can exit the SH he is to be added into the SH until I can come out, please and thank you.


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Re: Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

Post by Zapdos on Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:03 pm

He is to be placed on the Meeting Team (Long term) and has been approved by Admin already.
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Re: Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

Post by Azelf on Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:55 pm

Apologizes. Totally forgot to edit the topic to reflect the team. ^^; It's been added now; thank you Zapdos.


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Re: Gym Leader Roark [Meeting Team, Long Term]

Post by Victini on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:35 am



Just a small note - Cranidos are revived from Skull Fossils, not Dome ones.


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