|Lucas "Diamond" Shirogane|
|Text Color ||aaaaff|
|Theme(s) ||Various Storms and Saints [Florence + The Machine]|
|Item ||Universal communicator, backpack w/ supplies (includes food and water), bedroll, collapsible tent, medicinal supplies for his Pokemon, sewing kit, knitting needles, photograph of his mother and father|
|Weapons ||None. Relies on his friends and Pokemon for safety.|
|Biological Sex ||fuck you|
|Gender Identity ||Demiboy (he/him)|
|Birthdate ||August 18th|
|Weight ||110 lbs|
|Region of origin ||Sinnoh | Hearthome City|
|Pkm 1 |
Name: Champagne (he/him)
Text Color: 71c671
-Hydro Pump (Level)
-Ice Beam (TM)
-Flash Cannon (TM)
-Rain Dance (TM)
|Pkm 2 |
Name: Starlight (she/her)
Text Color: bf83a9
-Nasty Plot (Pre-Evo)
-Grass Knot (TM)
-Focus Blast (TM)
|Pkm 3 |
Name: Bastille (he/him)
Text Color: 800000
-Stealth Rock (Egg Move)
-Stone Edge (TM)
|Pkm 4 |
Name: Sherrie (she/they)
Text Color: a0522d
Ability: Flower Gift
-Morning Sun (Start)
-Energy Ball (TM)
|Pkm 5 |
Name: Notre Dame (they/them)
Text Color: fcfff0
-Sunny Day (Start)
-Heavy Slam (Level)
|Pkm 6 |
Name: Dust Bowl (she/her)
Text Color: ee799f
Ability: Sand Force
-Stone Edge (TM)
-Fire Fang (Start)
-Slack Off (Egg Move)
|Quote ||”All I’m doing is making their lives worse...why can’t they see that?”|
Lucas was born in Hearthome City, the same place his mother Johanna had been born and raised. His father, Kaito, died before he was even a year old, living on only in yearly remembrances and the few questions the boy asked his mother before he realized that talking about his father only made her sad.
His time in Hearthome ended up being nothing but suffering at the hands of other kids, typically older kids who knew that his quiet personality and trans status made him an easy target for the slurs they picked up from their parents and their own violence. Try as he might, Lucas couldn’t hide the eventual bruises or the way he would panic at the idea of leaving the house. In order to both get her son away from this toxic environment, and ensure she could better care for him, his mother sold their home and moved them to Twinleaf.
As a child in Twinleaf, his only real companionship outside of his mother and their Pokemon was a boy his age named Pearl. Excitable, loud, and always on the move, he was different from Lucas in every way... but they were still close friends regardless. Pearl ended up coining his nickname, Diamond, saying that he was a “diamond in the rough”.
His only other friend would show up after he and Pearl were attacked by Starly at Lake Verity; her name was Platinum, and what started as a chance meeting ended up snowballing into a full-blown adventure Lucas couldn’t help but be intimidated by. Still, he wanted to be with his two friends even if it meant leaving home. His mother was nervous about him traveling, but at least she trusted him and his companions enough to not make him stay behind.
At first, Lucas didn’t really have any sort of goal; new people terrified him, new places overwhelmed him, he couldn’t help but feel that he was letting both his friends and his starter down. It was only upon meeting his second Pokemon, a Pikachu named Starlight rescued from an abusive trainer, that he found part of the answer. He flocked to Pokemon that had once been used as tools and hurt by trainers and families, caring for them and gaining their trust. His battle style adapted to what they wanted to do, and while unorthodox, nobody could deny the strong connection he shared with his team. Lucas wanted to help these Pokemon that had suffered at the cruel hands of other humans, just as he had.
So when the troubles with Galactic began, and only became worse, their blatant mistreatment of other people and of Pokemon-both their own and those stolen from either other people or from their habitats-cut deep into his already fragile psyche. Lucas was terrified of their goals, disgusted by their actions, and he refused to not help stop them even when he felt hopelessly overwhelmed by the entire messed-up situation. He, Platinum, and Pearl ruined Galactic’s plans at every possible opportunity, all the way from the chaos of the Spear Pillar to the end at Stark Mountain.
When Galactic was done and over with, Lucas wanted nothing more than to forget about world-ending ordeals and all the harm the organization had inflicted upon the region, especially to the three pixies of the lakes. He went back to his home for a bit to be with his mother, but soon enough, his friends encouraged him to challenge the Elite Four since he’d previously earned all eight of the Sinnoh badges. Unsure of whether or not he even stood a chance, Lucas agreed only because Platinum wanted to take part in a challenge too.
After his initial victory against Aaron, his confidence in his team carried him all the way to Cynthia, where to his utmost shock and excitement, he actually won. Lucas had zero desire to be the region’s Champion, though, and thus gladly returned the title in favor of accompanying his friends to the Battle Resort soon after his and Platinum’s victories. He wouldn’t ever want the sort of attention being a regional champion would bring, and while his team’s victories were amazing, he and his Pokemon seriously needed a break from the stress of their League challenge.
The Battle Resort was a fun place, even for someone who hated the crowds, and Lucas loved staying at their villa in the Resort area. He would often travel from there to Twinleaf, and sometimes Hearthome whenever his mother returned for her contests. With no Galactic to fight, and with him relaxing his involvement in the battling scene, Lucas was content to be with his friends, his family, and his Pokemon.
This peace would, of course, come to an end when the epidemic came to Sinnoh. It brought death and ruin that even Galactic hadn’t prepared him for, and in the midst of his panic, his only thought was to return home. His mother was missing from their home, and this devastated him, but the world still had enough kindness left in it for him to find his friends had lived. Just as they always had, the three stuck together, and survived. Pearl and Platinum would even become a couple years later, and though Lucas was of course happy for them, the other part of his feelings on that was...complicated. Complicated enough for him to try and not think about it.
Now, Pearl is convinced that a Legendary inside a cave is their best bet. Lucas isn’t so sure himself, but he can trust his best friend, and the three of them have nothing to fear together. They can do this.
|Accent ||Very soft-spoken, rarely raises his voice. Has a higher pitch as well.|
|Appearance ||•Dark-grey hair; it’s grown out by quite a bit from his childhood look|
•Wears: blue scarf, brown winter coat, long-sleeved white shirt, black pants, dark grey boots
•Rarely smiles around or makes eye contact with people he doesn’t know well, but is noticeably brighter around Platinum and Pearl
•Always keeps at least one of his Pokemon out with him
|Religion ||He’s not too sure.|
-Sweet and gentle, Lucas is hardly the type to hurt a fly, let alone another person. He tries to show kindness and patience towards everyone, and has a desire to help others despite his abundant fears. Few things upset him more than cruelty and abuse; he’s quick to jump to the defense of other people. On the other hand, when it comes to defending himself, Lucas is far less willing due to his low opinion of himself.
-His high empathy is a double-edged sword; while he doesn’t find it hard to understand how others feel, being so attuned to others’ emotions often leaves Lucas more vulnerable to manipulation. He can’t bring himself to say ‘no’ if he believes it’ll hurt someone, and is easily guilt-tripped into doing whatever another person wants. While he does have boundaries, he’ll sacrifice them if he believes it’s the ‘right’ thing to do.
-His self-esteem is fragile, and often altered by his depression and anxiety. Lucas sees himself as weak, unreliable, and incompetent, a complete burden on everyone who has ever cared for him; how he still has friends, he doesn’t understand. His inner thoughts are harsh and critical towards even the tiniest mistakes he makes; he’s never good enough, especially in comparison to others. Self-loathing prevents him from treating himself with compassion, and from seeing how much his friends truly care for him.
-He is both terrified of being abandoned and convinced that he deserves it all the same. One day Platinum and Pearl will grow tired of his weakness, his cowardice, and they’ll leave him behind. Lucas won’t be able to blame them when that happens. He thinks he’s nothing but a burden on their lives, and that they’d be better off without him.
-Lucas is instinctively wary of other people, especially if he’s only known them for a short time. He’s scared of being mocked or insulted, so he doesn’t typically talk at all around strangers, and near-obsessively thinks through every interaction for fear of messing up his words. Social interaction as a whole tends to be uncomfortable and painful for him, since he so often reads too much into others’ words and body language.
-He is very sensitive towards violence and death, and is easily triggered by gore and excessive blood. Lucas could only bring himself to harm another living being while under extreme duress, which is why he’s so reliant on his friends to help protect him, much to his guilt and shame. It doesn’t help that, for personal reasons he doesn’t share, he can’t stand to have any kind of weapon in his reach.
-Terrified of the undead to the point that he panics if he’s left alone too long, which is why his Pokemon are rarely separated from him. One of his worst fears is that one of his, or his friends’, Pokemon might turn; he often has nightmares involving being forced to kill them, which has scarred his mind. The most frightening part of it all is that Lucas isn’t certain he’d be able to do so, even if it meant saving his own life.
-While it’s not obvious unless you know him well, Lucas has a mischievous side, as anyone who had the misfortune of battling him in his youth quickly learned. He especially loves puns-the worse, the better-and used to find it very funny whenever people feared going against his Toxic-stalling, Roar-spamming team. When he’s around people he trusts, Lucas is a lot less shy, and will open up more.
-Has strong romantic feelings for both of his best friends, but refuses to admit it out of fear of rejection and humiliation. His friendships are too important to him to risk any sort of discomfort getting in the way. Besides, they’re already dating, and he cares too much about them to want to infringe on that relationship. It’s better to leave things unsaid.
|Affiliations ||Pearl and Platinum: His two best friends since he was a young boy, they are the people he trusts more than anyone else. Lucas opens up to them the most, and they understand him better than anyone, though there are some things about him even they don’t know. Has unspoken romantic feelings for both. Pearl is the one who coined his nickname “Diamond”.|
(Will add more...whenever I feel like it.)
|User Notes ||•His last name comes from his father’s family; his first name was given to him by his mother.|