Saffron City [Silph Co Ground Floor]/Early Morning (1)
Saffron, once the bustling, busy heart of Kanto's industry and the biggest city in the region, had not been spared the horrors of the epidemic at all. Buildings which once stood tall and strong now lay in ruins, the decaying bodies of humans and Pokemon alike littering the streets. Murders of squawking Murkrow swooped in to pick at the carcasses while hordes of undead swarmed every street, preying on any unlucky travelers that happened to wander in. It was safe to say that the city was as dead as its past inhabitants, and easy to assume that Saffron City would never retain any of its former glory again.
There was one Pokemon, though, that had taken the city's derelict environment and turned it into an advantage. The headquarters of Silph Co, the leading experts on technology in the region, was one of the few buildings that was still standing. Eleven floors high, it towered over all else, and could even be seen from some of the surrounding areas. On the ground floor of Silph was an Alakazam called Neloth, and even if nobody else had any use for the building, he certainly did.
In the huge lobby of the headquarters there had once been a large fountain feature in the centre. Years later, it was nothing more than a pit in the floor, coated in layers of slime and mold. Even though it wasn't very deep, Pokemon of a small statue and low intelligence found it very difficult indeed to climb out. Neloth had been the first to discover this, and so found it a very efficient 'pen' for his new friends.
Five undead Pokemon staggered around in circles within the pen, snarling and groaning to themselves as they continued their unconscious, useless existences. All of them were below three feet tall, and as such couldn't quite climb out if they tried. Thankfully, undead fell into the 'not very intelligent' category for Neloth, so they didn't even have the brainpower to try.
Over on the left-hand side of the lobby near some tables were two metal cages, a bloodied saw and a set of DIY instruments. Neloth was glad that he had come across that old shed on the way here; they would certainly help with his experiments. Doing everything with his mind did get a little tiresome sometimes, even for a superior creature like himself. With a grin, the Psi Pokemon drifted over to the pen, his two spoons floating in the air behind him, and looked down at his captives.
"Now then, my pretties," he droned, his pompous, English accent very obvious over the shrieks and snarls of the undead, who had noticed him, and were beginning to clamber over to the side of the pen, reaching up to the Alakazam who stood triumphantly over them. "It's a bright, new morning. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I have lots of new friends to play with. What shall we do on this fine day, hm?"
A particularly disgusting Raticate reached up with one bloodied paw towards him, baring its filthy teeth. Neloth simply inclined his head at the rodent, his whiskers twitching. "Suicune's mane! You are an ugly one, aren't you?" He stared thoughtfully down at the rat for a moment as it snarled viciously, the spoons dancing in circles above his head. He hadn't vivisected a rodent just yet, and this one did seem the most active of the bunch. Perhaps he'd discover something new today.
"You'll do. I can't stand the sight of you and ... quite frankly, you stink." His decision made, Neloth waved his hand over the Raticate. A vivid purple aura surrounded it as it was lifted into the air. Another flick of his hand tossed it into one of the metal cages, the barred door slamming shut with a loud clang. The Raticate shrieked and gnawed on the bars as Neloth calmly made his way over, examining the tools on the table. Picking up a pair of pliers, Neloth's excited grin only grew wider as he examined every inch of the rodent's body.
"Hmm ... Now what shall we start with? The teeth? Or maybe the tail...?"