NOTE: Image made using the following free base: http://angelcoelho.deviantart.com/art/Umbreon-lineart-277605676.
This image is temporary. I will commission an image as soon as I have the necessary points or money.
Moves: Confuse Ray, Faint Attack, Helping Hand, Quick Attack.
Characteristics: strongly defiant
National Dex No./Species: #197; Umbreon; The Moonlight Pokemon.
Weight: 40 lbs (Yes, this is unhealthily low.)
Pokédex Entry: On the night of a full moon, or when it gets excited, the ring patterns on its body glow yellow.
Malady's life was relatively normal before the infection began; she and her brother Crescendo were born to a pair of domestic Eevees, and were adopted by a young trainer named Celena out to seek her fortune in the Johto League. For a time, the three - then four and eventually five in the form of a Nincada named Treble who eventually evolved, leaving his skin as a shy, timid Shedinja – lived as many other pokemon and humans did; hitchhiking from town to town, testing their skills against other trainers and even three gym leaders, and occasionally entering contests just for the fun of it even though Treble was the only member of the team who had any real concept of grace. Much later, Malady would tell herself that it would have been better to have never known love and happiness than to watch as everything she knew fell apart.
Celena, like hundreds of other citizens, many of them top trainers or coordinators, chose to flee the government quarantine when the infection began. A “pandemic shelter” was established with remarkable speed on a small island to the southeast of Johto and Kanto. The shelter survived for months, out of reach of the flocks of infected Murkrow, but eventually the island's weak point was exploited. Murkrow were unable to find the island, but one infected Wailord retained a fragment of its memories and carried a flock of the foul birds to the former refuge on its back. Several humans and pokemon, including Pianissimo the Shedinja, were killed outright in the initial attack, along with nearly all the infected, but the virus lived on, taking hold in the bodies of nearly half the island's population. Malady and Crescendo were among the first to be bitten.
Most of the healthy pokemon with trainers were sealed inside their pokeballs for their own protection, with only the poison-types remaining to fight off any further infected. But the people of the island had one thing in common; they would not give up on their companions, not after having come so far. Every treatment available, from rest and fluids to the shelter's stockpile of antiviral drugs, was tried on the afflicted, but with no success. Crescendo, a Flareon and particularly susceptible to the virus, was among the first to fall, only five days after the attack. He died in the arms of his sobbing trainer and sister, whose grief soon turned to terror when his body lurched back into action with no heartbeat and vacant eyes. Before Malady and Celena could truly process that their friend was gone, while they were still trying to reason with the virus-controlled monster, it discovered its elemental powers. Malady, being a pokemon and much more resilient to attack, survived the blast of flame, but Celena's flesh was melted from her bones. Confused, grief-stricken and terrified, Malady killed the rampaging shell of her brother and crawled from the building as it was consumed by fire. Over the next week, more and more pokemon turned and humans died, and Malady's condition deteriorated until she passed out hidden in a basement. But, unlike any of the other pokemon on the island, she woke up with her heart still forcing blood through her body.
Viruses have very fast life cycles, and as such evolve and mutate rapidly. Some mutations benefit the pseudo-organism, but some, like the one which affected the viral particles in the saliva of the Murkrow which had bitten Malady, were not. This mutant strain was a dead end; it was able to cause major cellular damage to multiple muscle and organ systems, including lesions on the spinal cord and the sensory and motor control areas of the brain, and it was able to maintain a presence in Malady's body even after her badly-weakened immune system learned to recognize it, but it was unable to entirely shut down and take over her nervous system, a faulty receptor protein on its surface caused it to stick to normal viral particles and prevent them from entering cells, and it wasted the two weeks during which it could spread itself trapped inside an Umbreon cowering in a filthy cellar while the real infection did its terrible work on the island above. Three weeks after being bitten, Malady escaped the now “uninhabitated” island clinging to a floating section of plasterboard wall, and a full month after “infection” she crawled onto the shore of mainland Johto not far from what was once New Bark Town.
The extensive damage caused to Malady's body by the failed infection and continuous assault by lesser diseases means she has much less endurance than a normal pokemon of her skill level. In game mechanics terms, her hit points and PP for all moves would be half of normal.
In addition, due to a combination of a weak immune system and a tendency to excessively lick or chew on herself when she is highly stressed (which is almost always) Malady suffers from sores similar to hot spots in dogs. The size, severity and location of these sores changes from day to day, but they are most common on her paws, neck, and tail.
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